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Harbour Watch Water Portal

We invite the community – individuals, schools and community groups - to get involved in local waterway monitoring. Changes in land use have impacted the natural flow of waterways in the Port Curtis catchment; with sediment, salts, nutrients and toxic chemicals changing the health of our rivers and streams, then flowing onto our harbour and reef.

We have a range of resources available to support the community to test your local waterways and increase the awareness of waterway health. Use your school or science club equipment, or get in touch with us as we can facilitate the use of Harbour Watch water quality equipment to support testing of your waterways. Increased awareness of the health of our waterways and harbour is important for the entire community to understand the impacts industries and communities have on our valuable freshwater and saltwater ecosystems.

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How to sample – Get involved in local waterway monitoring today!

What you will need:

  • Collect Water Testing Equipment from Harbour Watch
  • OR

  • Bucket
  • Sorting trays
  • Scoop net with handle
  • Magnifying glass
  • Fish traps
  • Pipettes
  • Information guides for fish, weeds and waterbugs


Enter your data directly into the Harbour Watch Water Portal, or if you’re out in the field download a data collection sheet and use it to support your water monitoring.

Harbour Watch Program

Port Curtis Harbour Watch is a sponsored school and community-based program, monitoring marine and catchment waterways in the Gladstone Harbour and surrounding environment.

Port Curtis Harbour Watch has been created through the collaboration of the Gladstone Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC) and is generously funded by Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG), Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) and Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (GHHP). Harbour Watch is based at the Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre and supported by Education Queensland and Central Queensland University (CQU). Harbour Watch is currently working on projects with the Queensland Department of Science, Technology and Innovation and Gidarjil Rangers.

Harbour Watch provides free community workshops, supervised water testing field days, catchment crawls and Gladstone Harbour Barge tours. Harbour Watch is a regularly invited to be part of community and school events such as Gladstone Ecofest, Teacher Professional Development sessions and Science Education Experience Days – CQU and ConocoPhillips.

Use of the Harbour Watch water monitoring equipment is free, however a short handling equipment induction with the Harbour Watch Project Officer is essential to ensure safe use and handling of equipment.

For further information or to make a booking, please go to our website www.harbourwatch.eq.edu.au

Caveats for use

The results displayed above are based on data that has been collected by enthusiastic and dedicated members of the community. The Harbour Watch Water Portal and associated results are provided for educational and awareness raising purposes. No quality control measures have been applied to the data. As such the data is not fit for use beyond this stated purpose. There is no training requirement for community members or groups to enter data to the Harbour Watch Water Portal. Community members or groups using this site and conducting associated waterway testing do so at their own risk. As such, community members and groups must ensure they have appropriate levels of insurance and conduct activities according to their own risk and workplace health and safety procedures.

If in doubt, don’t test your local waterways!