RRRC and the Torres Strait

RRRC manages research programs monitoring the condition and trend of Torres Strait marine and island environments and hazard assessment for water quality threats. RRRC’s extensive networks ensure the efficient delivery of reports detailing research progress and outcomes to stakeholders on a regular basis. Its approach to knowledge transference has improved the consistency and timeliness of project performance reporting. RRRC’s Science Research Managers specialize in the research fields of marine and terrestrial eco-systems. Managers have an in-depth understanding from both an environmental and social science perspective. RRRC has the capacity to synthesize research coming from a wide range of projects. Meshing together researchers’ recommendations from different projects provides essential information for challenges facing the communities in a number of areas including climate change. RRRC’s management practices have effectively produced successful projects in relation to the usefulness of scientific projects.


RRRC manages projects in the Torres Strait that seek to advance the understanding of:

  • Status and trends of species of conservation concern, particularly turtle and dugong
  • Status and trends of ecosystems of the Torres Strait, including coral reefs, mangroves and freshwater wetlands
  • Local and regional stressors that threaten species and ecosystems of the Torres Strait region, including declining water quality, marine debris, shipping, and mining in adjacent regions
  • Global and regional drivers of community resilience and scenario planning to assist communities to develop future visions for climate adaptation and sustainable development
  • Disease dynamics across the Torres Strait and improved approaches for disease detection and management
  • Dugong and turtle management for Torres Strait communities
  • Communication of environmental management activities to the broader Torres Strait communities and government