ABC: ‘Shocking images’ reveal death of 10,000 hectares of mangroves across Northern Australia
Close to 10,000 hectares of mangroves have died across a stretch of coastline reaching from Queensland to the Northern Territory.
International mangroves expert Dr Norm Duke said he had no doubt the “dieback” was related to climate change.
“It’s a world-first in terms of the scale of mangrove that have died,” he told the ABC.
Dr Duke flew 200 kilometres between the mouths of the Roper and McArthur Rivers in the Northern Territory last month to survey the extent of the dieback.
He described the scene as the most “dramatic, pronounced extreme level of dieback that I’ve ever observed”.