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GARDENERS OF OUR SEAS

JOIN OUR NETWORK OF FLORA RESTORERS

Our mission: TO ENABLE THE SHARING OF KNOWLEDGE AND TOOLS FOR SEAGRASS CONSERVATION, RECOVERY AND RESTORATION AND FOSTER AN INTEGRATED LONG-TERM APPROACH TO DEVELOPING RESTORATION SOLUTIONS.

The Seagrass Restoration Network (SRN) Australasia links scientists, industry practitioners, community and government policy makers for an up to date look at the development and implementation of conservation, recovery and restoration of seagrass meadows. Our webpage provides a list of restoration activities throughout Australia and New Zealand, case studies demonstrating successful seagrass restoration, and a discussion forum. The integrated approach to research includes: taxonomy, genetic connectivity, transplant and seed-based restoration solutions, hydrodynamic modeling, metapopulation dynamics, seeds and seedbank viability, long term monitoring, catchment monitoring, carbon storage, and integrated recovery with other marine ecosystems. 

WE PROMOTE AN INTEGRATED APPROACH TO THE CONSERVATION, RECOVERY AND RESTORATION OF SEAGRASSES THROUGH:

Awareness of socio-ecologic values
Seagrasses are the ‘forests of the ocean’. Losing them forever should not be an option. It is difficult to put an exact $ value on these systems. Start adding it up – protection of coastal infrastructure through wave reduction and retention of sediment, habitat for important fisheries (crabs, lobsters, snapper), carbon sinks - it will be in the billions of dollars.  
Marine conservation
It is much easier to conserve a forest than regrow one from scratch. Marine developments and activities need to consider their impacts on seagrass ecosystems and act to reduce the impact. Planning for any subsequent restoration activities needs to be part of an initial development plan. 
Practical restoration methods
Engineering biological solutions towards restoring seagrass ecosystems can already be achieved for some species. However, restoration takes a sustained commitment to on-ground effort (time, and money).  


Seagrass is awesome! A collection of videos from seagrass study sites around the world 


South Fremantle Senior High Marine studies students plant seagrass in association with researcher John Statton from the Oceans Institute at The University of WA.

 

IN THE NEWS

NSW Government grants Sydney Institute of Marine Science $95,954 to restore endangered seagrass in Port Stephens


UPCOMING CONFERENCES

24-28 September 2018
Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia 4th SERA Conference
Brisbane, Queensland

 

3-6 September 2018
ECSA 57

Perth, Western Australia

'Changing estuaries, coasts and shelf systems'

 

1-5 July 2018
Australian Marine Science Association Conference Adelaide, South Australia

'Canyons to Coast'

 

24-29 June 2018
5th International Marine Conservation Congress Kuching, Sarawak

'Make marine science matter'

 

11-17 June 2018
13th International Seagrass Biology Workshop and World Seagrass Conference Singapore

ISBW13


 

An Explosion of Pollen by Dr Elizabeth Sinclair & Angela Rossen 

SEAGRASS RESTORATION SITES

Find our current restoration sites mapped below with details.

 
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NETWORK MEMBERS

 

Simon Branigan
The Nature Conservancy

Marion Cambridge
University of Western Australia

Marnie Campbell
University of Waikato

Debbie Chamberlain
University of Queensland

Amanda Clarke
University of Newcastle

Catherine Collier
James Cook University

Carol Conacher
frc environmental

Rod Connolly
Griffith University

Judy Fisher
Leschenault Catchment Council 

John Ford
Melbourne University

Chris Gillies
The Nature Conservancy 

Tony Griffiths
Department of Environment and Natural Resources, NT

Alastair Hirst
EPA Victoria

Steffan Howe
Parks Victoria

Andrew Irving
Central Queensland University

Emma Jackson
Central Queensland University

 

 

Björn Källström
Gothenburg Marine Biology Laboratory

Gary Kendrick
University of Western Australia

Manoj Kumar
University of Technology Sydney

Hui Liu
Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute

Peter Macreadie
Deakin University

Fleur Matheson
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand

Paul Maxwell
Healthy land & water

Catherine McMahon
Estuarine Care Foundation

Andy Myers
OceanWatch

Erik Paling
University of Western Australia

Greg Parry
Western Port Seagrass Partnership

Alistair Poore
University of New South Wales

Michael Rasheed
James Cook University

Jeff Ross
University of Tasmania

Angela Rossen
Artist and biodiversity educator

Nirmal Shah
Nature Seychelles

Craig Sherman
Deakin University

Elizabeth Sinclair
University of Western Australia

Richard Stafford-Bell
Victorian Government

John Statton
University of Western Australia

Brooke Sullivan
University of Melbourne

Jason Tanner
SARDI

Benjamin Taylor
WiseOceans

Anitra Thorhaug
Greater Caribbean Energy & Env. Found.

Beth Toki
BMT WBM

Richard Unsworth
Swansea University

Kor-jent van Dijk
University of Adelaide

Mike van Keulen
Murdoch University

Lewis Weil
Texas

Adriana Vergés
University of New South Wales

Michelle Waycott
University of Adelaide

Peidong Zhang
Ocean University of China

 

 

Participants at the inaugural workshop in Geelong, July 2016.


Left to Right: Rod Connolly, Elizabeth Sinclair, Paul Maxwell, Adriana Vergés, Craig Sherman, John Statton, Fleur Matheson, Kor-jent van Dijk, Marnie Campbell, Michelle Waycott, Michael Rasheed, Andrew Irving, Simon Branigan, Gary Kendrick, Emma Jackson, Erik Paling. 

[absent from photo: Brooke Sullivan, Chris Gillies, Jeff Ross, Peter MacCreadie, Steffan Howe]