Here is the new film that captures the passion of the Broome community for Roebuck Bay, which is home to rare dolphins, thousands of migratory shorebirds, trillions of mud invertebrates, crocodiles, seagrass meadows, mangroves, lots of fish, dugongs, turtles and much more. The message is look after it and reduce run off from your property into Broome’s stormwater drains. It is currently running on Goolarri Television and was funded by Rangelands NRM.
Seagrass is a sentinel of marine ecosystem health, because it responds quickly to changes in water quality. The Broome Seagrass Monitoring Project monitors Roebuck Bays’ seagrass four time s a year. What many don’t know, is that the project is part of Seagrass Watch, a global scientific monitoring program that helps communities monitor some 259 seagrass meadows in 17 countries.
Thanks to all who volunteer in the Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Project, your work is invaluable to develop a dataset of quality information and evidence to determine whether variations observed in the seagrass are due to human impacts or natural variations for Roebuck Bay. Get involved – next monitoring is in Jan 2013 »
Did you know that coastal seagrass can store more heat-trapping carbon per sqkm than forests, which means these coastal plants could be part of the solution to climate change. So come and look after the seagrass meadows in Roebuck Bay and fight climate change!
Quarterly monitoring is on again.
Sunday afternoon May 6th – Meet 4pm for a 4.15pm start at TOWN BEACH
Tuesday morning May 8th – Meet 5am for coffee & muffins &and a 5.45am start at DEMCO BEACH
Wednesday morning May 9th – Meet 5.45am for coffee & muffins and a 6am start at PORT SLIPWAYS (follow signs)
Each session takes approximately 2-3 hours. No previous experience necessary but please wear closed shoes, bring a hat and water bottle!
- Sun afternoon 6th May: Town Beach – meet at 4:00 pm for 4:15 pm start
- Tue morning 8th May: Demco Beach – meet at 5:00 am for 5:20 am start
- Wed morning 9th May: Port slipway – meet at 5:45 am for 6:00 am start
For further information, call Kylie Weatherall & Julia Rau, Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Project, West Kimberley Nature Project, Environs Kimberley. Ph (08) 9192 1922 or Mob 0400 665 524.