Following a recent announcement by The Nature Conservancy Australia (TNC), we are thrilled to share the news that the Tasmanian Giant Kelp restoration project has reached an important milestone, with the outplanting of juvenile giant kelp at 12 sites along the east coast of Tasmania.
“This is a really exciting day for all partners in the project,” Paul Tompkins, TNC’s Kelp Restoration Coordinator in Tasmania, said. “Today we are piloting the outplanting of giant kelp at several different sites, and the results will be used to focus our future giant kelp restoration efforts.”
The Tasmanian Giant Kelp Restoration Project is a partnership between The Nature Conservancy, The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania (IMAS-UTAS), NRM South, and CSIRO, who together, have teamed up and brought the knowledge, experience, and capacity of a wide range of partners and stakeholders, in order to expand the current giant kelp restoration efforts in Tasmania into ecologically relevant scales.
Our role has been in connecting researchers, project managers, industry and the community in developing a pathway for giant kelp restoration in Tasmania and we’re excited to see what the future holds.
Image credit: The Nature Conservancy