Sydney's Operation Crayweed shortlisted for Science Prize

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Sydney's Operation Crayweed shortlisted for Science Prize

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Crayweed, a species of seaweed, went completely missing from 70kms of Sydney's Coastline, from Palm Beach, to Cronulla, back in the 80's. Now, following "Operation Crayweed" and a successful crowdfunding campaign scientists have been re-planting small areas and it's gradually reproducing and re-populating our waters.

Marine Ecologist, Dr Adriana Vergés, says in temperate waters "seaweed is as important as corals are in tropical waters" because it supports hundreds of species including, crayfish and abalone. The effective conservation work of "Operation Crayweed" has today been recognised, being shortlisted for a Eureka Prize.

 

Image: John Turnbull, Marine Explorer, file photo


 

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