Seagrass restoration at Corner Inlet

Corner Inlet will be home to an additional 12 hectares of seagrass meadows, thanks to a partnership between Yarram Yarram Landcare Network and West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA).

According to WGCMA’s CEO, Martin Fuller, the project will look at improving both land and water to help improve seagrass meadows in Corner Inlet.

“It’s well known that what we do on the land has an impact on our rivers and oceans,” said Mr Fuller. “In all our work, we take what we call an ‘integrated catchment management approach’. That means, we implement projects on both land and water to help improve the health of an area.

“In this case, we’re looking at the Corner Inlet catchment and the waterways that lead into the inlet. We want to reduce the amount of nutrients and sediments that are leaving farms, entering these waterways, and ultimately ending up in the seagrass meadows of Corner Inlet.

“There is a long history of work in Corner Inlet and farmers and fishers working together to help protect this special place.”

The project will involve 12 hectares of seagrass restoration and 12 hectares of fencing and revegetation along rivers.

“Through the Corner Inlet Water Quality Improvement Plan, we’ve identified the top priority areas for work and our experienced staff will work with farmers to remove weeds, exclude stock from waterways and revegetate the rivers using locally grown seedlings,” continued Mr Fuller.

“These farmers will enter into an agreement with us to ensure the 15-metre buffer on either side of the waterway is well maintained.

“On the water, Yarram Yarram Landcare Network and local fishers will take the lead in collecting broadleaf seagrass fruit, germinating the seeds and releasing them back into Corner Inlet.

“This work requires a team effort, which is why we’re very excited to be partnering in this project,” continued Mr Fuller.

This project builds on existing work undertaken to protect seagrass by the Yarram Yarram Landcare Network and other partners as well as work by WGCMA under the Corner Inlet Connections project.

This project is supported by West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, through funding from the Australian Government’s Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program.

 

Aerial view of Corner Inlet