9 February 2021
Back in 2019, the PPWCMA supported researchers at The University of Melbourne to develop a world-first field trial of temperate mangroves grown in purpose-designed pods that were designed to reduce wave energy to help small mangroves grow.
Like in any good trial, follow up maintenance is a must, and our Western and South Eastern Environmental Work Crews were there to lend a hand.
In January 2021, the crews recently assisted the research team to plant new seedlings at the trial sites at Altona Coastal Park, Grantville and Lang Lang foreshore in Western Port, which are all part of internationally-significant Ramsar wetlands.
The original mangroves were installed via direct seeding, while the latest batch were hand planted with nursery-grown seedlings. Different species were also planted, allowing the research team to assess the impact of different approaches and techniques.
We look forward to seeing the mangroves progress over the years and continuing to support this great project.
The PPWMCA’s Work Crew project is supported by the Victorian Government through the Working for Victoria initiative.
Thanks to by Works Crew Member, Melissa Tuliranta.