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Seagrass rehabilitation on Success Bank, Western Australia (Project S2, 1995-2002): Final Report

Paling, E.I., van Keulen, M. and Wheeler, K.D. (2002) Seagrass rehabilitation on Success Bank, Western Australia (Project S2, 1995-2002): Final Report. Marine and Freshwater Laboratory, School of Environmental Science, Murdoch University

Abstract

Cockburn Cement Limited operates the largest cement manufacturing works in Western Australia and the largest lime manufacturing works in Australia. Cockburn has dredged shellsand from local coastal waters since 1972 in accordance with the Cement Works (Cockburn Cement Limited) Agreement Act. To gain approval for medium term access, Cockburn had to prepare an acceptable Environmental Management Plan, incorporating details of a number of studies, including the feasibility of rehabilitating seagrass (Project S2). This document summarises the S2 project from its inception, which was designed to take place in two phases; the first consisted largely of a review of relevant literature and data, and the second was the work program itself.

The following scope of work was identified for Phase 1; complete a review of the seagrass rehabilitation literature, design and scope field studies, undertake an assessment of the availability of sites for use in large-scale seagrass rehabilitation and recommend an approach to be undertaken in Phase 2 of the study. A synthesis report was produced which provided an assessment of the condition of the project area for accommodating seagrass rehabilitation, based on available information, and recommendations on the approach, scope of work and tasks for the next phase of the project. Phase 2 encompassed the process of site selection, manual experimental work carried out to augment mechanical transplantation, and the development of mechanical transplantation. The site selection process culminated in the production of a table of potential sites identifying various relevant characteristics of each location. From this list, sites were identified for different purposes within the project such as donor supply and recipient locations.

Publication Type: Report
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Marine and Freshwater Laboratory, School of Environmental Science, Murdoch University
Notes: November 2002
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/10960
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