South Australian Seagrass Collaborative
We are a multi-organisational working group, with members from the University of Adelaide, Environment Protection Authority (SA EPA), South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), SA Water, SA State Herbarium & Department for environment & Water (DEW). The Collaborative is supported by the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife, and the Centre for Applied Conservation Science.
Why We Exist
SA has a wealth of seagrass knowledge, but it's not centralised
Data is scattered & non-standardized: records, videos, pictures, etc. could be lost over time
Many Stakeholders are individually researching & monitoring seagrass across the state. All efforts could benefit from improved communication & data collation
- Facilitate communication and collaboration between stakeholders
- Increase discoverability of seagrass data, to enhance its power for monitoring and management
- Secure existing and future data against uncertain continuity of personnel and resources
Poor water quality is the primary threat to seagrass cover
- Coordinate collation & sharing of seagrass data across South Australia to enhance its power for monitoring and management.
- Review South Australian seagrass data & identify where data discoverability could be improved
- Established infrastructure for cataloguing existing data allowing more effective use of this wealth of information
This project is proudly supported by the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife