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Urchin & Kelp Symposium
17/06/2021 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Nature Coast Marine Group has been instrumental in the creation of a symposium taking place in Narooma on the importance of healthy kelp forests and of controlling numbers of long-spined sea urchins. The symposium will be led by scientists from the University of New South Wales. The intention is to have a science-based introduction, followed by practical discussions as to what action is feasible and how it should be progressed. Central to this will be various approaches to culling urchins, but we will also be urging strengthening natural controls. We are also working for citizen science involvement and a central role for the Batemans Marine Park.
Here are links to a couple of videos that can help you understand what it is all about:
“Hidden Deserts” – a short video showing what urchin barrens are:
“Sea Urchin Science” – A discussion with University of Tasmania scientist, Dr Scott Ling, taken when he was in the area doing research: