Whole seascape restoration & how we plan to do it.
Project Restore is seeking to restore degraded seascapes and biodiversity at up to 11 locations within Sydney Harbour.
Generously funded by NSW Environmental Trust and in partnership with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment as part of the Seabirds to Seascapes Program, Project Restore aims to enhance and regenerate urban marine habitats by recovering lost seagrass meadows, enhancing kelp forests, installing living seawall panels, and deploying artificial fish habitats at key sites within the harbour.
The Sydney Institute of Marine Science, in collaboration with The University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales, Macquarie University and the University of Technology Sydney, has been leading the restoration of key degraded habitats and the use of eco-engineering to enhance the habitat value of artificial foreshores.
Project Restore aims to combine the methods and technologies of four SIMS flagship projects: Operation Posidonia, Operation Crayweed, Living Seawalls and Fish Habitat enhancement, which to date have operated largely independently of one another. Together these key projects provide a template for restoration of whole seascapes within urban harbours and waterways.
Project Restore’s vision is to restore and enhance multiple connected habitats in Sydney for marine life and humans to thrive. More importantly if the positive impacts of the project can be clearly articulated and we have a template, we can scale the Sydney Harbour restoration efforts to more locations both within Sydney Harbour and into other urbanised marine environments.
This project will be amongst the first, globally, to move beyond habitat-by-habitat restoration, to provide an example of how multi-habitat restoration can be conducted at seascape scale to not only maximise ecological but also socio-economic benefits