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Why are seagrasses important – why monitor them?

coastal citizen science

Cleveland Point (CL1)
Photo © Debra Henry

Moreton Bay supports eight seagrass species totalling about 25,000 ha, which occur in intertidal and sub-tidal areas. The benefits of seagrasses are many; they:

  • buffer and filter nutrient and chemical inputs
  • stabilise coastal sediments
  • provide food and shelter for many organisms
  • are nursery grounds for commercially important prawn and fish species
  • store carbon 35 times faster than rainforests
  • lock carbon in for thousands of years.

Despite these significant benefits 50% of Australia’s seagrasses have been destroyed by dredging and pollution. And, when exposed to air, the sediment beneath seagrass releases greenhouse gases.

 

Moreton Bay Seagrass Monitoring

Moreton Bay Community Seagrass Monitoring is coordinated by Wildlife Queensland Coastal Citizen Science (WQCCS) and is supported by the Brisbane Airport Corporation, Port of Brisbane, SEQ Catchments, the Norman Wettenhall Foundation, Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch, Healthy Waterways, and Tangalooma Resort.

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Acknowledgements

This project is coordinated by Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch.

The program is supported by the Brisbane Airport Corporation, Port of Brisbane, SEQ Catchments, the Norman Wettenhall Foundation, Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch, Healthy Waterways, and Tangalooma Resort.

 

Seagrass-Watch sponsors

 

For more information on WPSQ’s projects, email or phone +61 7 3844 0129.

 

Written by wildlife1ict