The annual Seeds for Snapper will get their harvest underway in Cockburn Sound with seagrass fruit collection dives taking place daily for the next 4 to 6 weeks. The volunteers are attempting to collect more than 1 million seagrass fruits for restoration.
Steve Pursell, OzFish Program Manager - Western Australia, said there may not be as many seagrass fruit as last year so volunteers may also need to pitch in on the beach to pick up fruits that have been washed ashore.
“We have the largest cohort of volunteers registered this year so I think those extra hands will help us reach our goals. It really demonstrates the momentum that’s gathering in the community” said Steve.
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Tuesday 14 November
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Scuba divers collecting fruit and bringing fruit back to shore.
Interview with volunteers, OzFish and University of Western Australia researchers
If you would like to know more about the project or get involved become a member of OzFish at www.ozfish.org.au or phone 1800 431 308.
About OzFish & Seeds For Snapper
Seeds for Snapper is a community-driven initiative dedicated to the restoration of seagrass habitats in Cockburn Sound, south of Fremantle, Western Australia. This crucial marine ecosystem is the second largest spawning ground of pink snapper on the west coast and volunteer fruit collection events will kick off in November. For more information, visit: https://ozfish.org.au/projects/seeds-for-snapper/