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Restoring Kelp Forests - UWA

Restoring Kelp Forests breathes new life into ocean ecosystems, preserving biodiversity for generations to come.


Story: Restoring Kelp Forests - UWA
Episode: 6
Presenter: Parwinder Kaur
Air Date: 12th May 2024

Restoring Kelp Forests breathes new life into ocean ecosystems, preserving biodiversity for generations to come.

  • Researchers from The University of Western Australia (UWA) are leading a project aimed at restoring kelp forests within 100,000 hectares of reef between Jurien Bay and Kalbarri, where macroalgae was wiped out during the 2011 marine heatwave.
  • Utilizing the innovative Green Gravel technique, they seed rocks with kelp in labs before ocean transfer, ensuring cost-effective, tailored restoration for WA's coastline.
  • Kelp forests play a pivotal role in mitigating climate change by sequestering atmospheric CO2, prompting UWA to scale research and reforestation efforts.
  • The Great Southern Reef along Australia's southern coast houses over 30% of the nation's blue carbon storage and 8% of global kelp blue carbon, showcasing its ecological importance.
  • Collaborating with Canopy Blue, a WA-based company, UWA aims to generate high-quality carbon credits through research sponsorship, integrating coastal ecosystems into global carbon offset schemes.
  • With kelp forests hosting half of the world's species unique to these habitats, their restoration becomes paramount for ecological diversity preservation.
  • This partnership highlights the critical role of kelp forests in climate change mitigation and emphasizes the growing inclusion of coastal ecosystems in environmental conservation efforts.

For more information, head to:
www.wernberglab.org

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