Seagrass Gold Coast (SGGC) is a team of enthusiastic community volunteers who are keeping an eye on the Gold Coasts vital seagrass beds by adopting a seagrass patch and monitoring it three times a year.
Did you know seagrass is a valuable resource, it provides food and shelter for a multitude of marine animals, including commercially important fish and prawn species, shorebirds and threatened sea turtles and dugongs? The health of our seagrass is under threat from both natural and human impacts and we could use your help to monitor its condition.
By joining the SGGC team of volunteers, you can be trained to asses seagrass percent cover and identify different seagrass species while contributing to the baseline knowledge and management of this vital resource.
SGGC is an extension of the award winning Seagrass-Watch program a global scientific, non-destructive community based seagrass monitoring program which uses survey methods that are scientifically rigorous but simple and easy to learn.
Seagrass-Watch aims to raise awareness on the condition and trend of seagrass ecosystems and provide an early warning of major coastal environment changes.
How? Local eyes, Global wise
There are three monitoring periods per year March/April, July/August and November/December with training days held each season for new volunteers and plenty of monitoring opportunities. It’s fun and provides a great opportunity to get to know local coastal islands, inland waterways and wildlife including shorebirds and invertebrates with a chance to spot turtles, dugongs and dolphins.
If an afternoon with nature and the knowledge that your participation assists in the management of our natural resources appeals to you, then why not join the SGGC team. For more information go to www.seagrasswatch.org
Or contact the local SGGC coordinator to get involved with this program;
0432 988 513
Seagrass Gold Coast is a key component of an international seagrass monitoring program coordinated by Wildlife Queensland and supported by the Gold Coast Catchment Association and the City of Gold Coast.