Argos DCS System Use Agreement of the Month
– February 2016
Central Queensland University
Marine Debris Tracking
Marine debris is a common problem in coastal waters and tends to accumulate along certain parts of our beaches and shorelines or in circulating currents, depending on a variety of factors. It can harm wildlife, damage property and reduce visual amenity. Understanding the pathways of movement will help in better managing the problem and reducing risks.
One way to understand these patterns of movement of debris is to undertake tracking studies. Argos trackers will be imbedded in common debris items and released at known discharge points both during wet season and dry season conditions.
The pathways and the sinks for this debris will be identified, a risk map produced for the area to enable management decisions to be implemented.