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Seagrass habitats

Seagrasses are powerful carbon sinks, vital food sources for dugongs and green turtles and serve as essential nurseries for prawns and fish.

We house Australia's largest seagrass research group and have more than 40 years of experience in seagras research. We monitor, map, restore and research inshore seagrass meadows, collaborating with Traditional Owners, industries, and governments.

Over four years, we will plant thousands of seagrass fragments and over half a million seeds, while tracking the return of fish species and measuring the blue carbon benefits.

Restoring tropical seagrasses and their ecosystem services

Featured project

Scientists are equipping Indigenous rangers with drone survey skills, alongside helicopter and boat-based surveys, to map dugongs in connection to their seagrass habitats.

Local scale mapping of dugongs and seagrass habitats

Community

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The project embraces the combined benefits of Indigenous Knowledge, on-ground monitoring, and science and management expertise to provide training for Torres Strait rangers and to report data needed for ecosystem management.

Torres Strait rangers monitor seagrass with scientists

Monitoring

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We monitor and assess the condition of inshore seagrass meadows across the Great Barrier Reef, providing long-term data essential for managing these habitats.

Monitoring seagrass health in the Great Barrier Reef

Monitoring

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This project aims to develop a blueprint for coastal managers to rapidly restore seagrass meadows in high-priority regions.

Seagrass restoration in the Great Barrier Reef and Western Australia

Restoration

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Following back-to-back floods, scientists undertook surveys to understand seagrass loss and its impact on dugong and turtles.

Seagrass loss and recovery in Hervey Bay and Great Sandy Strait

Monitoring

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Researchers study how different seagrass species produce seed banks to support meadow recovery, resilience and restoration.

Seagrass seeds to measure ecosystem resilience

Research

COMING SOON

Over four years, we will plant thousands of seagrass fragments and over half a million seeds, while tracking the return of fish species and measuring the blue carbon benefits.

Restoring tropical seagrasses and their ecosystem services

Restoration

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We undertake benthic mapping across largely unexplored regions in collaboration with Traditional Owners.

Northern Australia seagrass sea country mapping

Community

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We are investigating the amount of grazing in meadows by turtles and dugongs, and its potential to impact the seagrass.

Impacts of turtle and dugong grazing on seagrass meadows

Research

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Our environmental monitoring of port industries is extensive, covering coral, water quality, seagrass, and biodiversity. This monitoring extends to more than 10 ports along Queensland.

Long-term monitoring for port industries: coral, water quality, seagrass, and biodiversity

Monitoring

COMING SOON

Research

Smith TM, Reason CL, & Rasheed MA.

Seagrass habitats

NLEP SRA: Monitoring for seagrass and macroalgae baseline survey October 2023.

Scott A, & Rasheed M.

Seagrass habitats

Port of Karumba long-term annual seagrass monitoring 2023.

Bremner J, Petus C, Dolphin T, Hawes J, Beguet B, & Devlin MJ.

Seagrass habitats

A seagrass mapping toolbox for South Pacific environments.

Smith TM, Reason CL, & Rasheed MA.

Seagrass habitats

NLEP SRA: Monitoring for seagrass and macroalgae baseline survey October 2022.

Langlois LA, Collier C, & McKenzie LJ.

Seagrass habitats

Subtidal seagrass detector: Development of a deep learning seagrass detection and classification model for seagrass presence and density in diverse habitats from underwater photoquadrats.

Carter A, McKenna S, Rasheed MA, Taylor H, van de Wetering C, Chartrand K, Reason C, Collier C, Shepherd L, Mellors J, McKenzie L., Duke NC, Roelofs A, Smit N, Groom R, Barrett D, Evans S, Pitcher R, Murphy N, Carlisle M, David M, Lui S, Torres Strait Indigenous Rangers, & Coles RG.

Seagrass habitats

Seagrass spatial data synthesis from north-east Australia, Torres Strait and Gulf of Carpentaria, 1983 to 2022.

Reason CL, McKenna S, & Rasheed MA.

Seagrass habitats

Port of Abbot Point long-term seagrass monitoring program 2022.

Scott A, McKenna S, & Rasheed M.

Seagrass habitats

Port of Karuma long-term annual seagrass monitoring 2022.

Reports and publications

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