King tides have created ideal conditions for new year mosquito population boom

Matthew Kelly
By Matthew Kelly
Updated December 29 2018 - 5:34am, first published 12:30am
A complex ecosystem: Dr Cameron Webb found that there had been a steady increase in wetland predators since the Hexham floodgates were opened a decade ago.

The Hunter coast is set for a new year mosquito boom thanks to improved breeding conditions created by a several Christmas king tides.


Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly


Matthew Kelly has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. He has been working as a general reporter at the Newcastle Herald since 2018. In recent years he has reported on subjects including environment, energy, water security, manufacturing and higher education. He has previously covered issues including the health and environmental impacts of uncovered coal wagons in the Hunter Valley, the pollution of legacy of former industrial sites and freedom of information issues.

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