Media coverage of Pool proposalNovember 21, 2023
ECF has been keen to return to Torrens Island, and seagrass (Zosteraa) monitoring, since there was extensive seagrass loss from February 2023’s heatwave, and then signs of recovery by Lipsons Reach in early April.
Now that low tides again make monitoring possible, ECF has visited on 31st October (with Alice Jones, University of Adelaide) and on 29th November, observing further improvement in seagrass recovery, with again the seagrass at Lipsons Reach recovering more quickly than by the Quarantine Station.
It’s been ECF’s understanding, from observations by Assoc Professor Jason Tanner, that seagrass was established by the Quarantine Station some years before it self seeded at Lipsons Reach, so ECF was expecting that the more northern sites would be more resilient, however this heatwave suggests otherwise.
ECF will continue to monitor along Torrens Island this summer, given expectations that there will be very hot and dry periods.