NESP MAC RRRC Project 3.5: Supporting regional planning in northern Australia: Building knowledge, Skills and partnerships for understanding seagrass distribution (NESP MAC HUB Project 3.5)

  • Carter, Alex (Principal Investigator/Chief Investigator A)
  • Collier, Catherine (Co Investigator/Chief Investigator B)
  • Groom, Rachel (Chief Investigator C)
  • McMahon, Kathryn (Chief Investigator D)

Project: Research

Project Details


Northern Australia has vast development opportunities but limited knowledge of the environment to inform decision making. This region has globally significant seagrass habitat, supporting dugong, green turtle, and commercially important fish and prawns. Key to managing impacts to species in these habitats is reliable data on seagrass distribution and how this changes over time. Achieving this requires large-scale mapping and a ranger-led monitoring network in remote communities. This project will map seagrass habitats across northern Australia through targeted mapping expeditions in data deficient regions. It will strengthen relationships with coastal communities, build-on existing knowledges and skills, co-design training resources with rangers to undertake monitoring, trial new technologies for monitoring, and synthesise historical and new seagrass data into an open access resource.
Effective start/end date9/03/232/06/26


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