The Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Project involves Aboriginal rangers and community volunteers to regularly collect data and monitor the health of seagrass meadows in Roebuck Bay.
Roebuck Bay’s seagrass meadows are the principal nursery and adult habitat for fish and invertebrates, and a food source for fish, invertebrates, turtle and dugong. They are a critical bio-indicator of the larger marine ecosystem’s health. Seagrass meadows globally are under threat from urbanisation, dredging, water pollution and climate change.
What we are doing
The Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Project was established in 2006 to provide an early warning of changes in the marine ecosystem. Co-managed by Environs Kimberley and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Parks and Wildlife Service, and supported by project partners Nyamba Buru Yawuru and Seagrass-Watch, it is one of the longest running and most successful citizen science projects in Western Australia.
The project follows the methodology of Seagrass-Watch, a global, scientific seagrass assessment and monitoring program with over 250 monitoring sites across 17 countries. The program has a strong scientific underpinning with an emphasis on consistent data collection.
Community volunteers are vital to the success of our monitoring efforts, which must be completed within a small window of time - usually only a couple of hours - when the lowest tides occur in Roebuck Bay.
New volunteers are always welcome! Come on down and walk out onto the mudflats with us, see dugong feeding trails and fascinating sea creatures whilst contributing to an important data set that helps us monitor the health of Roebuck Bay.
Read our 10 Year Report Card here
Our next seagrass monitoring event will be held in May 2018!
- Tuesday 15th, 3.30pm, meeting at Town Beach carpark
- Wednesday 16th, 3.45pm, meeting at Demco Beach carpark
- Thursday 17th, 4pm, meeting at the Port slip way
All welcome! No previous experience necessary – training is provided in the field. Please wear enclosed shoes (they’ll get muddy!), bring your hat and water bottle and an adult if you’re under 18 years of age. Contact us for more information on 9192 1922 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also across social media – search for “Broome Seagrass” on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Partners and Funders
The Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Program is funded by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Parks and Wildlife Service, Coastwest and Kimberley Ports Authority, co-managed by Environs Kimberley and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Parks and Wildlife Service and supported by Nyamba Buru Yawuru and Seagrass-Watch.
For more information
Email email@example.com, phone (08) 91921922 or get in touch via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (search “Broome Seargrass”).