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Topic: Environmental restoration

Location: Shark Bay (Gathaagudu)
Species (common name): Ribbon weed
Species (taxonomic name): Posidonia australis
Habitat type: Seagrass meadow
Date taken: October 2020

Credit (organisation): The University of Western Australia
Credit (person): Rachel Austin

Conservation value: World Heritage Area
Observation platform: Diver

Measuring the success of restoration activities takes time (years rather than months) and requires multiple visits, particularly for the larger temperate species. In October 2020, UWA researchers measured the return of ecosystem function at multiple restoration sites. The return of ecosystem function was determined by survival and shoot counts of transplants, and the presence of biodiversity (fish and invertebrates).

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