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Fish habitat talks: seagrass & environmentally friendly moorings – TAS
March 27, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm AEDT
Join us for an informative talk on seagrass, one of the most important and fascinating ecosystems in the world.
What’s the big deal with seagrass? It’s so much more than the annoying stuff you get your lures snagged in or wrapped around your boat props. Why should you care? In a nutshell: healthy seagrass meadows = more fish for you to catch. Seagrass meadows are incredibly important as fish habitat. One hectare of seagrass is estimated to produce an average of 207 kilograms of fish per year more than an equivalent area without seagrass.
Traditional swing moorings damage the seabed and seagrass, leaving patches which disrupt habitat connectivity, erode sediment and damage valuable fish nursery habitat.
Environmentally friendly moorings are effective in restoring seagrass habitat, and over the last few years the CSIRO has developed solutions to make it easier and cheaper to install them. It is hoped that as a result of this project, EFMs will become more widely used across the region.
Come along to find out how Environmentally Friendly Moorings (EFMs) are protecting important fish habitat and to learn about all things seagrass from gurus Beth Strain and Kelsie Fractal (IMAS).
Registration is essential. We hope to see you there!
This project is supported by NRM South through funding from the Australian Government’s Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program. It is also supported by the partnership between OzFish and BCF – Boating, Camping, Fishing.