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Seagrass health monitoring

Monitoring of seagrasses in the Perth metropolitan region began in 1994 and has been undertaken annually since 1998. Seagrass health is monitored every summer at 22 locations throughout the metropolitan waters and since 2003 at Jurien Bay, about 300km north of Perth. The monitoring and related research has led to the development and refinement of Environmental Quality Criteria, to monitor and respond to changes in seagrass health. The annual monitoring data are used by the EPA and the Cockburn Sound Management Council to report on the health of Cockburn Sound and the metropolitan waters to the public.


Professor Paul Lavery
Dr Kathryn McMahon
The University of Western Australia, Dr Mark Westera
Department of Environment and Conservation, Ray Masini
Department of Environment and Conservation, Cameron Sim
Cockburn Sound Management Council
Department of Defence

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