An underrated ecosystem hero!
Seagrass is an important food source for many spectacular ocean creatures, such as dugongs and turtles! It also provides an important habitat for countless marine animals, including commercially important fish and prawns. Seagrass also acts as an ecosystem engineer, altering the state of its location by balancing heavy-metals, pollutants and nutrients levels and stabilising sediment to prevent coastal erosion. Seagrass meadows are blue carbon ecosystems, they fight climate change by absorbing large amounts of Carbon dioxide from the air and storing it in their root systems.
We are alarmed at the rate of disappearance of seagrass globally and we are witnessing here on the Gold Coast. We have joined an international network of environmental warriors to monitor its growth and prevent its decline, and we need your help!
Our Seagrass Surveys
Volunteering for Watergum Seagrass
We need hardy volunteers with a passion for marine citizen science and conservation who don’t mind getting wet and muddy! This is also a fantastic opportunity to meet like-minded people while learning some new skills!
By coming to one of our seagrass surveys you will have a lot of fun, while contributing towards the collection of important scientific data. We encourage university students, outdoor enthusiasts, adventurous friends and families. Just be sure to contact us is you would like to bring children so that we can confirm whether a particular site is suitable for small people
Bring your enthusiasm, appropriate clothing and water shoes for the event and be prepared to have a lot of laughs and make new friends. We hope to see you there!
What is Watergum Seagrass
Watergum Seagrass is a long-term citizen science program, working closely with City of Gold Coast, experienced scientists and community members to collect valuable data and monitor seagrass condition. We follow globally standardised and scientifically approved monitoring procedures set out by Seagrass-Watch www.seagrasswatch.org/about.html.
Watergum Seagrass online induction
You can find our online Seagrass training and induction here: https://watergum.org/courses/seagrass-ecosystem-hero-adults/
Watergum Seagrass Aim
This program aims to raise community and government awareness on the condition of seagrass in the Gold Coast region, providing an early warning of coastal environment changes.
Watergum Seagrass objectives
• Conduct long-term monitoring of seagrass condition at representative sites within the gold coast
• Educate the wider community on the importance of seagrass ecosystems
• Raise awareness of coastal management issues
• Provide information on the condition of seagrass to local government, facilitating catchment management
Watergum Seagrass contact details
If you would like to find out more please contact our coordinator here: Seagrass@watergum.org
Seagrass Survey Results
Click on the different layers on the left to see results for each survey round
Zoom in to each location to see the average seagrass cover
This program is supported the City of Gold Coast & SeagrassWatch