The Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) celebrated a significant milestone in its Sydney Seahorse Project in February. The eagerly awaited installation of our innovative seahorse hotels at Balmoral Beach unfolded under the glow of a warm and sunny afternoon, setting the stage for a highly anticipated seahorse release.

The event was graced with the exceptional support of Sail GP whose team showed immense enthusiasm and participation ahead of their electrifying Australia Sail Grand Prix with the Aussies claiming another win. Not only did SailGP fund the entire installation of hotels at Balmoral, the presence of their star athletes on the day reinforced their commitment to marine conservation and added a layer of excitement and camaraderie to the day’s activities.

The Sydney Seahorse Project team along with the Indigenous Trainee Rangers from MLALC at Balmoral beach ahead of the hotel installations.
Footage of the ‘super’ seahorses in the SIMS aquarium.

Adding to the wave of support was the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council (MLALC), marking the launch of our groundbreaking ranger traineeship program. This initiative not only underscores our commitment to environmental stewardship but also fosters meaningful engagement and opportunities within the Indigenous community, weaving together cultural heritage and conservation efforts.

With the seahorse hotels now securely in place, we eagerly anticipate their transformation into bustling underwater metropolises. Algae, sponges, and a variety of fouling organisms will soon colonise these structures, creating the ideal habitat for our seahorse residents. The anticipation builds as we prepare for the release of the seahorses, promising a new chapter in marine restoration and biodiversity enhancement in our harbour.

These charming creatures continue to captivate and surprise us with their rapid growth and insatiable appetite. You can keep up with the journey by following SIMS and the @Sydney_Seahorse_Project on social media – it’s so fascinating to watch these little guys grow up!