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Mangrove die-back in Botany Bay


W G Allaway


This paper reports observations on the effects of oil population on mangroves in Botany Bay. Observations of the short-term effects (large-scale seedling kill and defoliation of all oiled leaves on bushes; death of some pneumatophores) of one oil contamination incident are reported first. Secondly, it is suggested that the correlation between oil contamination and die-back of mature mangrove trees indicates a long-term effect of oil population which has not previously been reported in Australia. If mangroves are to be retained in the Towra Point/ Quibray Bay area they must be protected from contamination by oil. Prevention of oil spills, and measures for the collection and containment when they do occur, need much improvement.
How to Cite: Allaway, W.G., 2009. Mangrove die-back in Botany Bay. Wetlands Australia, 2(1), pp.pp. 2–7. DOI:
Published on 17 Oct 2009.
Peer Reviewed


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