Under guidance of a team leader, volunteers meet every three months to monitor seagrass in Roebuck Bay. Volunteers are vital to monitoring and everybody is welcome! Bring a hat, water bottle and closed shoes. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Seagrasses are one of the most important plants on the planet. They are the basis of the food web in the ocean, absorb nutrients from runoff and stabilise sediment. Seagrass is food for turtles and dugongs and habitat for thousands of smaller marine animals, playing a vital role in sustaining fisheries.
Seagrass health is an indicator of the health of the broader coastal area. It is important to conduct regular scientific monitoring of seagrass to understand what is happening in our marine environment, with monitoring integral to manage the health of Roebuck Bay.
The Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Project follows the methodology of Seagrass-Watch, a global scientific, non-destructive seagrass assessment and monitoring program. The methodology has a strong scientific underpinning, however is designed so that everyday people who don’t have a science background can easily learn it.
For further info call Fiona West at Environs Kimberley on 9192 1922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 Seagrass Monitoring Dates
Roebuck Bay Working Group is comprised of Traditional Owners and government, local community, conservation groups and business. We work collaboratively to solve issues, raise awareness and encourage research and monitoring which supports responsible management and protection of Roebuck Bay.