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. 

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Background

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. 

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Read More

Learn about Seagrass Watch methodology

Read our Seagrass Pamphlet

Read our 10 Year Report Card 

 

Our next seagrass monitoring event will be held in November 2018:

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 seagrass@environskimberley.org.au.

We are also across social media – search for “Broome Seagrass” on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Partners and Funders

The Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Project is funded by Parks and Wildlife Service - Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Kimberley Ports Authority and Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal, co-managed by Environs Kimberley and Parks and Wildlife Service - Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and supported by Nyamba Buru Yawuru and Seagrass Watch. This community project is also generously supported by local Broome volunteers – thank you to the community of Broome.

For more information

Email seagrass@environskimberley.org.au, phone (08) 91921922 or get in touch via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (search “Broome Seagrass”).