Funds raised for this campaign directly support three stages of SIMS research and restoration projects:
STAGE 1A: BETTER UNDERSTANDING HOW SYDNEY SEAHORSES FIND THEIR HAPPY PLACE
The distribution of the endangered Sydney Seahorse within seagrass beds in Sydney Harbour is poorly understood. By deploying Seahorse BnBs adjacent to existing seagrass beds in Sydney Harbour, and locating and tagging wild Sydney Seahorses in Posidonia seagrass, SIMS can determine how seahorses utilise the natural habitat compared with the artificial habitats and how the addition of Seahorse BnBs can aid recruitment and breeding.
TARGET REACHED: RESEARCH UNDERWAY
STAGE 1B: TRIAL RESTORATION OF POSIDONIA BEDS IN SYDNEY HARBOUR
Posidonia australis is a slow-growing and highly productive seagrass that provides habitat, shelter and food to hundreds of species, including the endangered Sydney Seahorse. Posidonia australis meadows are also critically important ‘blue carbon’ sink habitats, because of their efficiency in storing carbon, which is higher than terrestrial forests and other seagrass species. Posidonia australis has been declining in Sydney Harbour, where it is expected to become extinct in the near future unless new conservation actions are taken. SIMS will use underwater surveys to produce detailed mapping of existing seagrass meadows in order to establish the feasibility of restoring Posidonia australis habitat in Sydney Harbour. This will identify potential donor sources for restoration work and will allow the deployment of a restoration trial that will monitor seagrass survival over 6 months.
STAGE 2: RESTORATION OF SEAGRASS IN SYDNEY HARBOUR AT ONE MAJOR SITE
Our mission is to prevent the extinction of Posidonia in Sydney Harbour, by restoring seagrass meadows. This will be done in Sydney Harbour by replanting Posidonia that has either been detached during storm activity or sustainably collected in thriving seagrass meadows.
STAGE 3: REHABILITATION OF SYDNEY SEAHORSE POPULATIONS IN SYDNEY HARBOUR
Based on successful rearing of seahorse babies and introduction to Seabnbs in Chowder Bay, the team of scientists would rear babies of wild-sourced Sydney Seahorse pregnant males, tag and introduce to the restored Posidonia seagrass site.
SeaBnB is an initiative by the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Taylors Wines.
Taylors Wines is also known as Wakefield Wines in the UK, Europe & North America;
and Wakefield Taylors Family Wines in Asia.