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NESP MaC Project 1.8 - A national framework for improving seagrass restoration

University of Tasmania, Australia
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE), Australian Government
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This record provides an overview of the NESP Marine and Coastal Hub small-scale study - "A national framework for improving seagrass restoration". For specific data outputs from this project, please see child records associated with this metadata.
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Across Australia, the loss of >275,000 ha of seagrass meadows and associated ecosystem services – valued at AU$ 5.3 billion – has contributed to the long-term degradation of estuarine and coastal marine ecosystems. Restoration of seagrass is critical for improving the health and function of these ecosystems and sustaining coastal communities and industries that depend on them. This is primarily because restoration practices are piecemeal and driven by local drivers and are generally not conducted at scales of seagrass loss. We address this problem by bringing together scientists and key stakeholders to collate knowledge on seagrass ecology and restoration and generate a framework to scaling-up restoration nationally.

We also build on ongoing restoration trials to test the proposed framework.These are: assessing sediment quality and manipulations (Gamay Rangers, UNSW); use of sediment filled hessian tubes for seed and seedling capture (Malgana Rangers, UWA), and: scaling up seed collection for seed-based restoration (Seeds for Snapper, OZFISH, UWA).

Planned Outputs
• Effect of sediment quality and manipulation on seagrass transplant success (field data)
• Locations and health of beachcast fragments of Posidonia in Botany Bay (field data)
• Effect of engineering hydrodynamics (by use of hessian socks) on seagrass transplant success (field data)

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Credit
Paul Gribben (UNSW), Gary Kendrick (UWA), Adriana Verges (UNSW), Ezequiel Marzinelli (University of Sydney), John Statton (UWA), Elizabeth Sinclair (UWA)
Credit
National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Marine and Coastal Hub
Credit
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE), Australian Government
Credit
In addition to NESP (DAWE) funding, this project is matched by an equivalent amount of in-kind support and co-investment from project partners and collaborators.
Purpose
This project aims to generate a national experimental framework for seagrass restoration and act as a bridging project for ongoing seagrass restoration with indigenous and community groups. This project expects to enhance restoration success for seagrasses by incorporating key ecological knowledge gaps (such as below-ground soil processes) into restoration strategies. This project should provide significant benefits, such as ‘road-map’ for increasing restoration success, and the development of key strategic alliances to enhance restoration and management of seagrasses, and the ecosystem services, and economic and social benefits they provide.

Data time period: 2021-09-01 to 2022-03-31

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Other Information
(NESP Marine and Coastal Hub website)

uri : https://nespmarinecoastal.edu.au/

(Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment NESP website)

uri : https://www.awe.gov.au/science-research/nesp/hub-marine-coastal

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