In recent decades there have been substantial changes in the distribution of seagrasses in SEQ. Since mapping started, there are about 2300 fewer hectares of seagrasses in the region. This is the size of over 300 Suncorp Stadiums!
Find out more here: https://ozcoasts.org.au/indicators/biophysical-indicators/changes_seagrass_area/
In some areas the distribution of seagrass meadows is highly variable from year to year, but the overall amount of seagrass remains stable. However, there are many areas where seagrasses have declined significantly, including the southern Broadwater on the Gold Coast. Please check our recent survey results here:
Research indicates that if the amount of sediment entering South East Queensland waterways is not reduced, reduced water quality will continue to cause loss of seagrass habitat in large areas of Moreton Bay and the Broadwater. This will have a huge impact on the commercial ﬁsheries in the region and will also impact marine species, such as dugongs and sea turtles, which rely on seagrasses for their survival.
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