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A selection of Seagrass and Marine related Podcasts and Visual media.

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PODCAST

01 December 2021

Wild About Seagrass with Dr Richard Lilley: RJ has over nine years experience of research in marine systems. He has primarily worked in the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas and more recently the North Atlantic Ocean. We talk about seagrasses in the UK, but also globally.

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05 September 2021

Sharks and Seagrass: If you’re spending an afternoon on your favorite bay, you probably don’t want to see any sharks gliding through the water. But the bay itself just might. Without sharks, the ecosystem can change — in ways that can be bad for the bay and anyone living near it.

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31 August 2021

Capturing Carbon:Seagrasses are remarkable plants and are able to trap tiny particles of organic matter and form a stable, carbon-rich sediment that prevents greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere. Sally Le Page chatted with Leanne Cullen-Unsworth, the director of research at Project Seagrass to find out more

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07 August 2021

Marine habitat restoration in the UK:Explore the need for active restoration to conserve four incredible marine habitats: native oyster beds, saltmarshes, kelp forests and seagrass.

39:16 – Dr Richard Unsworth joins the hosts to talk about the importance of seagrasses,

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13 May 2021

Seagrasses And Ocean Acidification:These marine forests are valuable for many different reasons including climate mitigation and erosion control. A third of the carbon dioxide emitted across the globe is absorbed by the ocean and seagrass meadows are an important carbon sink.

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03 May 2021

Humble pioneer Geoff Bastyan: It was back in the 1970s that Geoff first noticed the local harbours losing their vital seagrass meadows. He self-funded a monitoring effort over the next decade, by which time almost all the seagrass was gone.

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10 February 2021

Neptune balls:There is one more benefit that certain Seagrass species provide the Ocean and that is filtering out large amounts of microplastics. The Seagrass species, Posidonia oceanica, produce fibrous material known as Neptune balls that trap 1,500 plastic particles per kilogram of seagrass each year. The Neptune balls often wash ashore where they can be picked up and discarded.

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06 February 2021

Mysterious manatees: Dr. Ashley Scarlett is joined by Dr. Beth Brady and Kristi Ashley Collum to talk about how intriguing sirenians (manatees and dugongs) can be; how much we don’t know about their biology; and, how much more we can learn from them.

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24 January 2021

Dugong and Mermaids: Did you know dugongs are a cultural keystone species for Indigenous people? How much do you know about them? 4ZZZ‘s Eliot Rifkin chatted with Professor Helene Marsh of the College of Science & Engineering from James Cook University in Townsville about dugongs. Here’s Helene’s research paper “Dugong Conservation in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

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06 January 2021

Sublime Seagrass: Industrial activity and pollution has damaged and reduced the extent of the meadows around the UK coast. With the marine environment improving, work is being done to restore patchy seabeds and create new ones, both in the UK and around the world. Take a dip with Tom Heap as he explores the wonders and potential of these plants on the sea floor.

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06 January 2021

Seagrass: An Underwater Mystery : Today’s episode will be about the hidden gem that is Seagrass. Katie gives you all the facts about her PhD! Check out what she has to say!

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PODCAST

06 November 2020

Singapore Seagrass: Seagrass meadow at Chek Jawa on offshore Pulau Ubin contained about 138 metric tonnes of carbon per hectare of seagrass. In this episode, Dr Siti Maryam, talks about an ocean-based solution to tackling climate change: Seagrass.

PODCAST

20 October 2020

Protecting Seagrass to preserve the GBR: CQUniversity researcher and director of CQUniversity’s Coastal Marine Ecosystems Research Centre (CMERC) Dr Emma Jackson says Australia’s seagrass faces a fresh threat as looming weather pattern puts the fragile sea plants at risk. She tells host Mary Bolling how CMERC is harvesting and germinating seeds to regenerate seagrass meadows – and what the work means for fighting climate change, too.

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07 October 2020

Do Sea Cows eat seagrass?: This week we’re chatting to Mat Vanderklift about “blue carbon” and how it helps us fight climate change.
We also pick Mat’s brain for all the advice he would give early career researchers and scientists.

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22 September 2020

The Great Seagrass Restoration: Professor Gary Kendrick’s great love is the WA coastline and its seagrasses. Gary and colleagues have been at the forefront of seagrass restoration and the blue carbon movement more broadly. And with such a massive extent of coastline featuring globally significant carbon stores, world heritage sites, and deep community and cultural knowledge, the potential for WA is enormous. Gary takes us to one of his favourite parts of WA, to share a little of this spectacular story.

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07 June 2020

The Extinction Of Steller’s Sea Cow:Dr. Lorelei Crerar is Dr. Chris Parsons’s guest this week. Dr. Crerar talks about how Georg Steller discovered the Steller’s sea cow, and about its extinction.

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11 May 2020

African Manatee Biology And Conservation:Dr. Lucy Keith-Diagne of the African Aquatic Conservation Fund is Dr. Chris Parsons’ guest this week, talking about African manatee conservation and what it’s like to conduct aquatic conservation science in Senegal. For more information: https://africanaquaticconservation.org/.

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April 2020

Seagrass Restoration on the Barnegat Bay, NJ:Dr. Elizabeth Lacey talks about the importance of seagrass in protecting the shoreline from erosion from storms such as Superstorm Sandy. Learn more about her grant-funded research along the Barnegat Bay.

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16 December 2019

Power and Potential of Seagrass: We discuss this marine powerhouse with Dr Jillian Ooi, a teaching and research academic at the Department of Geography at the University of Malaya, who is also part of Team Sea Habitats, which studies the functional role of seagrass meadows and coral reefs in the South China Sea.

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11 November 2019

Reviving Seagrass: An unlikely partnership involving scientists, environmentalists and the fishing industry is at the centre of efforts to restore seagrass in Corner Inlet, in Victoria’s south-east. Broadleaf seagrass has been decimated by native urchins in the area just east of Wilsons Promontory and it has the commercial fishing industry worried.
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PODCAST

26 April 2019

Broome’s magical kingdom and the fight to protect it: It might not be everyone’s idea of fun…traipsing around in ankle-deep mud…monitoring the seagrass meadows in Broome’s Roebuck Bay.

But, spend five minutes with Fi West, the coordinator of Broome’s seagrass monitoring project and you’ll be a convert to the cause.

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25 June 2018

Seagrass Restoration: Dr Emma Jackson who is researching seagrass restoration in the Gladstone region. She talks about seagrasses being the ‘Kidneys of the Great Barrier Reef’ and their importance to coastal communities. Emma also gives us an insight into her passion for sailing and her recent purchase of an old wooden sailing boat which has received a few odd looks from the locals.

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17 October 2017

The fascinating life of a dugong: They will grow to weigh more then 400kgs, even though they live off LETTUCE! Their nickname is the Sea Cow and they are related to the Manatees. It’s the Dugong and on ‘Expand Your Brain’ we learn more about this interesting and unique mammal.

Dr Tamara Keeley is an expert on Dugongs and tells us more!

PODCAST

2016

The Dugong: The only herbivorous marine mammal, the Dugong perpetuated the myth of the mermaid. Learn all about them in this weeks episode of The Ark

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12 February 2015

New measures to protect Australia’s threatened species: The Federal Government says it’s stepping up the fight to save some of Australia’s most threatened species. New laws have passed in the Senate to triple the penalties for people hunting dugongs and turtles in marine parks.

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06 September 2013

WA researchers say seagrass meadows worth up to $5 billion in carbon dioxide: Researchers say Australia could be sitting on $5 billion of carbon dioxide stored in seagrass meadows. The Edith Cowan University study, published today in the journal PLOS ONE, has examined the role seagrass could play in mitigating climate change.

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15 November 2011

Indigenous group proposes limits on dugong and turtle hunting: Some Indigenous leaders are so worried about dwindling dugong and turtle numbers in the Far North, they’re considering stopping the traditional hunting of the species. The Federal Environment Minister says any decisions will be locally driven.

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14 September 2011

Record turtle deaths have Qld marine experts worried: The Queensland floods are long gone but they are still having a lethal effect on some of the state’s marine life. Animal welfare groups up and down the coast are reporting record numbers of turtle and dugong deaths. Marine scientists say seagrass beds have been smothered and the next 12 to 18 months will be crucial for some species. Matt Wordsworth reports.

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22 July 2011

Marine rally to end sea turtle deaths: Turtle experts from across Australia are meeting in Townsville to develop a response to how best to rehabilitate sea turtles following a number of strandings. The Queensland environment department says years of extreme weather, including cyclone Yasi, has damaged seagrass habitats, a major food source for sea turtles.

Visual Media

VISUAL

Seagrasses: what seagrasses are and why they are important. Produced by Seagrass-Watch HQ.

VISUAL

30 October 2018

Seagrass-Watch scientific monitoring and science-based education:Program Director Len McKenzie talks about Seagrass-Watch and 2 decades of Participatory scientific monitoring and science-based education

VISUAL

08 March 2021

Seagrass Superheroes: Evie Furness and her team of superhero marine biologists from the University of Swansea, who are spearheading the UK’s first seagrass restoration site on the Pembrokeshire coast, where volunteers have already planted 750,000 seedlings out of a total of 1m. 

VISUAL

09 October 2020

Saving Seagrass: Seagrass is the only flowering plant that grows in the sea providing an important habitat for many species. In the last century, it has seen a massive decline worldwide for a number of reasons. Project Seagrasses is a £400,000 restoration project, led by a team of scientists from Swansea University, backed the WWF and Sky Ocean Rescue.

WEBINAR

10 July 2020

Bringing biodiversity back to our seas: UK seagrasses are under increasing strain and in an unfavourable state, yet these meadows provide critical ecosystem services. Seagrasses are threatened with annual global losses estimated at 7%. The reasons for this decline are complex, but commonly associated with poor water quality and catchment management, coastal development, and a lack of awareness fuelled by a bias in popular media attention towards other marine ecosystems. Disease and direct physical damage also contribute to decline.

VISUAL

01 July 2020

Dugong Hunters of Excellence: Sharing science and culture in Yanyuwa saltwater country. Li-Anthawirriyarra Sea Rangers join forces with marine researchers to catch and study dugongs in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

VISUAL

07 June 2020

UN Environment Programme: Healthy seagrasses provide a source of opportunities to mitigate climate change, adapt to future changes, build resilience and offer multiple additional societal benefits. We need to act now to protect seagrasses by prioritising timely, ambitious and coordinated actions in the areas of conservation, sustainable management and restoration.

VISUAL

04 June 2020

Global distribution of seagrass meadows: Leonard McKenzie, Lina Mtwana Nordlund, Benjamin Lawrence Jones, Leanne C Cullen-Unsworth, Chris M Roelfsema, Richard Unsworth

VISUAL

12 May 2019

South Australia Seagrass: Over the last half century around one third of seagrass along the Adelaide metropolitan coast have been lost. The South Australian Government is investing $1million in seagrass restoration off the Adelaide coast – the biggest seagrass restoration project ever done in Australia.

 

VISUAL

17 December 2016

Seagrasses and Mangroves: They are an ancient species of flowering plants that grow submerged in all of the world’s oceans. Seagrasses link offshore coral reefs with coastal mangrove forests. Today, these “prairies of the sea,” along with mangroves, are on the decline globally.

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19 November 2015

Turtles on Track: Jennie Gilbert is a marine biologist who is passionate about rehabilitating and saving turtles. She is one of the co-founders and driving forces behind Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre (CTRC).

VISUAL

13 July 2015

Seagrass In Dubai Palms: The man-made Dubai Palms hosts a seabed as rich as the plains of Africa, perfect for sea grass. Taken from Wild Arabia.