WAMSI Presents Results on Seagrass Responses to Dredging

The Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) has just released reports on seagrass responses to dredging in northwest Australia.

With almost no knowledge of how primary producers in the NW of Australia will respond to the environmental changes produced by dredging, it is difficult to predict and then manage the impacts of dredging on these critical habitats with an acceptable level of certainty.

According to WAMSI, this project will improve the understanding of how seagrasses are affected by dredging activities, and will apply that understanding to better prediction of impacts and management of dredging.

The research focuses on two of the most significant stresses produced by dredging: the reduction in light availability to plants; and the smothering of seagrass and algae as suspended sediments settle.

WAMSI also added that the research will enhance the capacity of government and industry to predict the impacts on dredging on key benthic primary producer ecosystems and, in so doing, improve the certainty and timeliness of key approvals and regulatory processes. It will also improve the capacity to manage the impacts of dredging through improved design of monitoring and management frameworks.

The full reports can be found on the WAMSI DSN Primary Producer project page.

 

Share this article

Follow Dredging Today

Events>

<< Oct 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

CEDA Dredging Days

CEDA Dredging Days is CEDA’s trademark event and it is the primary international dredging conference in the CEDA region since many years…

read more >

The 2nd International Symposium on Land Reclamation and Ecological Restoration

The 2nd International Symposium on Land Reclamation and Ecological Restoration” will be held by China Coal Society on October 20-23 in Xi’an…

read more >

ASBPA 2017

ASBPA is the nation’s first organization to promote science-based policies for the preservation of coastal areas…

read more >

Pacific Chapter Western Dredging Association Fall 2017 Conference

Wednesday session: Corps/Industry Meeting from 1-3 PM, Ports Meeting 1-3 PM, 2017/18 Federal Dredging Program presentation from…

read more >

Jobs>

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of DredgingToday.com, you’ll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...

apply

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of DredgingToday.com, you’ll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...

apply

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of DredgingToday.com, you’ll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below....

apply