Dr Zoe Doubleday is a Marine Biologist from the Future Industries Institute at the
University of South Australia
, who has a love for our local mangroves. She can often be found in the area collecting samples for research.
The area, popular with kayakers and weekend adventurers, is thriving with marine life from large dolphins to microscopic creatures, all of which form part of this vital natural ecosystem. There is one coldwater species of mangroves in Australia and they only occur in a few locations. It is very special to have these so close to the city.
They take up a small area but provide an immense benefit, as Dr Doubleday describes, “Mangroves and sediments around the roots suck up a huge amount of carbon and really contribute to clean air and clear purified water, they also protect the coast from storm surges in a similar way to dunes along the beach”
A hidden secret in the City of PAE, the mangroves are “Like a remnant of a beautiful environment that is highly biodiverse but is surrounded by industrial land.”
It is important to raise awareness and understanding that they are a fragile environment that need to be preserved, “Mangroves are not a wasteland, they are forests of the sea and a precious resource that we can also enjoy because of all the life that thrives in them.”
The City of PAE partners with others to run clean-ups in the area, and the Living Landscapes Initiative, which supports the community to increase the community understanding around the importance of these natural environments and their conservation.
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