This project involved an assessment of all existing and potential sources of pollution to the Torres Strait marine environment.
This was combined with information on water movement patterns to assess the hazard (and to some degree risk) of these pollutant
sources to marine ecosystems and public health. This project was predominantly a desktop study with some field work to sewage
treatment plants, and other point sources of potential pollutants.
1. Collated information regarding Torres Strait water quality pollutant sources at a range of scales (regional to local).
2. Developed a better knowledge of water circulation patterns in the Torres Strait region through the development of a fine-scale
model based on the Slim model.
3. Developed a hazard assessment of the sources of pollutants that affect marine ecosystems and public health in the Torres
Strait region. This will form the basis of recommendations to management authorities to prioritise investment and political
action to minimise pollution and public health/marine ecosystem damage.
4. Established recommendations for a water quality monitoring program for the Torres Strait region, designed to assess
the status of water quality and measure the effectiveness of pollution management actions.