This morning I met the volunteers working on the Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Project as they came ashore at Town Beach. They’d just finished almost four hours looking at the seagrass that is home or food to many of the marine creatures living in Roebuck Bay.
They’re out on the mudflats four times a year, to monitor the health of the local seagrass meadows – like so many ecosystems, the seagrass is vital and fragile. The scientists tell us that globally, two football fields worth of the stuff disappears each hour – mostly as a result of human made environmental pressures. When seagrass declines, fish, turtle, dugong – all manner of sea creatures – are adversely affected.
Today the Broome volunteers have Len McKenzie with them – Len leads the national Seagrass-Watch program.
LISTEN to my interview with Len, project co-ordinator Julia Rau and the volunteers
LEN McKENZIE & VOLUNTEERS AFTER A MORNING WITH THE SEAGRASS