Skip to content
Environment, General News

Seagrass restoration success despite heat

OzFish Unlimited 2 mins read
Divers harvesting seagrass fruit

The annual seagrass fruit harvest known as Seeds for Snapper has ended early due to extreme heat but with more than 600,000 seeds being released into Cockburn Sound, Western Australia.  

That is the equivalent of about three hectares of restored seagrass meadows through the support of more than 600 registered volunteers. 

Steve Pursell, WA OzFish Project Manager, has highlighted the significance of this achievement despite this year’s challenges due to weather. 

“This season we faced reduced fruit availability thanks to Mother Nature,” he said. 

“A warm November and a late heatwave sped up the ripening of the fruit. 

“The volunteers were undeterred and achieved the second most successful year even though conditions weren’t as good as previous years.”

The seagrass fruit are collected, processed in large tanks, sorted and then dispersed into areas experiencing habitat loss. The heat brought extra challenges. 

“Some of the fruit was literally ripening and releasing seed as it was going into the tanks,” Mr Pursell said.  

“The onshore team really stepped up to keep the tanks clean of fruit husks and prepare the seeds for dispersal.”  

Mr Pursell stressed the critical role of community involvement with hundreds of hours of unpaid work by dedicated community volunteers, many of whom help for weeks. 

"We owe a tremendous thanks to all our volunteers from university students, retirees to families and individuals who flew in from places as far as New York.  

“Their dedication and hard work really make this project world class.”  

Cockburn Sound has lost up to 80% of its seagrass meadows from historical pollution and human activities, and this annual project works toward restoring the health of this vital marine habitat. 

Seeds for Snapper is made possible thanks to a long-standing partnership with the University of Western Australia, support from Recfishwest and Cockburn Power Boats Club with major funding provided by Daiwa Australia, Water Corporation, Synergy and BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing.  

To find out more about Australia's leading seagrass restoration program go to: https://ozfish.org.au/projects/seeds-for-snapper/?swcfpc=1

[ENDS]  

HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOS AVAILABLE HERE
TV NEWS UNDERWATER B-ROLL AVAILABLE HERE
 

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE WITH STEVE PURSELL TODAY 30 NOV 


Key Facts:

Australia's largest and longest running seagrass restoration program
Cockburn Sound WA.


About us:
 

About OzFish   

OzFish Unlimited is a national environmental conservation charity established to improve the health of our rivers, lakes and estuaries. It is a member-based organisation dedicated to making our fishing grounds healthy, vibrant and productive. Their active work includes habitat restoration such as resnagging, riverbank planting, clean-ups, fishways, shellfish reef and seagrass restoration and educational and community capacity-building programs.  


Contact details:

 

Steve Pursell

0405 900 112 stevepursell@ozfish.org.au 

 Renee Ferenc

0402 019 193 reneeferenc@ozfish.org.au

 

 

Media

More from this category

  • Energy, Environment
  • 27/02/2024
  • 12:38
Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric launches Alliance SI Energize program to support systems integrators

New Alliance SI Energize Program launches to empower systems integrators (SIs) to become industrial technology and sustainability experts. SIs will have access to new training, enablement, and commercial benefits to drive business growth. The first-of-its-kind program will be rolled out across Australia and New Zealand, before expanding globally in 2024. Sydney, Australia- Schneider Electric, a leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, has launched a first-of-its-kind Alliance SI Energize Program across Australia and New Zealand. The all-new program has been specifically created to empower system integrators (SIs) to become industrial technology and sustainability experts. SIs will now be…

  • General News
  • 27/02/2024
  • 11:23
NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (Department of Customer Service)

PLANNING MEDIA ALERT: 11.15am – 29 February 2024 – Leap Year Weddings at the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Thursday, 29 February 2024 FOR PLANNING PURPOSES ***Overlay & Interview Opportunity*** Fifteen couples are set to tie the knot or renew vows at the new NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages venue at Pyrmont this coming leap year day. WHEN: Thursday, 29 February 2024 VISION: B-roll can be filmed of a couple renewing their vows on their ‘first’ anniversary at 11.00am in the Terrumi room Please arrive no later than 10.40am. INTERVIEWS: Interviews to follow at 11.15am after the ceremony with spokespeople, a couple and a celebrant WHERE: Pyrmont Registry OfficeWharf 10, Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont 2009 PLEASE KINDLY CONFIRM…

  • Contains:
  • General News, Legal
  • 27/02/2024
  • 11:04
UNSW Sydney

Australians in the dark on how companies track and target them, new report shows

A new report by the Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC) and UNSW Sydney reveals Australian consumers don’t understand how companies – including data brokers – track, target, and profile them using their personal information. The report includes findings from a survey by CPRC of 1,000 Australians about their understanding of privacy terms and attitudes to businesses collecting and sharing their personal information. The survey shows: Australians do not feel in control of their personal information. More than 70% believe they have very little or no control over what personal information online businesses share with other businesses. Only a third feel…

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.