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. Coordinated by Environs Kimberley with support from Nyamba Buru Yawuru, Seagrass Watch, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and generous volunteers from the Broome community, 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. 

Learn about Seagrass Watch methodology

Read our Seagrass Pamphlet

Read our 10 Year Report Card 

Watch the training video: 

Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Training Video

Current Funders*:

Kimberley Ports Authority

*The Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Project is looking for further funding to support the 2024 program. If you are able to support this valuable citizen science project please contact [email protected]

Broome_Seagrass.jpg   Environs Kimberley logo

The Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Project is coordinated by Environs Kimberley with the generous support of volunteers from the Broome community and:

Nyamba Buru Yawuru logo      DBCA logo

Past Funders:

Australian Government National Landcare Programme

Government of Western Australia Natural Resource Management Program

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

Rangelands NRM WA

For more information

Email [email protected], phone (08) 91921922 or get in touch via Facebook or Instagram (search “Broome Seagrass”).