Air quality monitoring
We are committed to the ongoing control and improvement of air quality associated with port activities.
Data is collected from sites around Gladstone every two minutes, allowing us to assess and control dust generation impacts. The data includes:
- particulate concentrations
- wind speed
- wind direction
- relative humidity
View our live weather data from our Spinnaker Park weather station or
find out more about our air quality monitoring program.
Water quality monitoring
Water quality monitoring has been a part of Gladstone Ports Corporation's environment program since the 1990s.
A healthy marine environment is vital for fish, mammal and plant life. An early warning system of any change in the water quality is important because even small changes in their environment can have an impact on their health.
GPC recognises that seagrass meadows within the Gladstone harbour are an important and sensitive component of the marine habitats within the port. As part of our commitment to maintaining the health of the port’s marine environment, we have implemented a world leading seagrass health assessment monitoring program to protect seagrass in the Gladstone harbour.
Long term seagrass monitoring programs in Queensland have enabled port management to make informed decisions regarding the planning and development of port infrastructure that will have minimal impact on fisheries and the marine environment.
Our seagrass monitoring has indicated that healthy and productive seagrass habitats can coexist with appropriately managed port facilities.
Curtis Island Flatback Turtle Monitoring
The flatback turtle population at the South End at Curtis Island has been monitored by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services (QPWS) and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) since 1969.
We have been a proud sponsor of this project since 1994.
For a two week period during November and December, a midseason nesting census is conducted nightly.
All turtles encountered are tagged, or checked for tags, and measured. The location of each nest is marked so they can be found again later. Any nests at risk of flooding are relocated to a higher part of the beach within one hour of being laid and the eggs counted.
The beach is also monitored twice daily to count nesting crawls, locate hatchling emergence and identify any daylight nesters.
To prevent foxes from disturbing nests, fox exclusion devices are placed over a number of nests (not all of them) within two hours of being laid. In early February, the beach is monitored to assess the incubation success of nests and the effectiveness of the fox exclusion devices in protecting the clutches (large nests) from fox predation.