Restoring healthy ecosystems on subtidal reefs: an integrated approach (3014)
National Centre for Coasts and Climate, The University of Melbourne
Project duration: 2017-2020
Location: In the bay
There are a number of reefs in Port Phillip Bay that have become damaged over time by the overgrowth of native purple sea urchin. The over-population has resulted in a decline of other marine plants and animals including seaweeds which form habitats and kelp which is used to filter the water. This project will remove some colonies of urchin and trial some new techniques to allow for the reforestation of marine plants into these temperate reefs to improve how the reefs function. It will also include some research into the urchins to better understand their population explosion.