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Giant Kelp Restoration

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Kelp forests are a key habitat for fish in the coastal environments of southern Australia and support numerous species important to recreational fishers, including rock lobster, abalone, trumpeter and calamari, all of which live among or nearby kelp forests. However, 95% of the iconic giant kelp forests in Tasmania have disappeared, and are now listed as an endangered marine community. The Kelp Tracker 2.0 platform allows recreational fishers and community members to ‘log’ their sightings of endangered and disappearing giant kelp. Sightings are then verified by scientists that use this information to map and locate areas that might be suitable for habitat restoration.

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To create a map of the remaining giant underwater forests of endangered and disappearing giant kelp

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Using the Kelp Tracker, recreational fishers and boaters can quickly and easily report any giant kelp sightings they see on their travels.

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95% of the iconic giant kelp forests in Tasmania have disappeared, and are now listed as an endangered marine community.

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The number of living creatures of all orders, whose existence intimately depends on the kelp, is wonderful

wrote Charles Darwin in The Voyage of the Beagle.

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