The Project

AIM

Project Restore aims to combine the methods and technologies of four SIMS flagship projects, 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:

  • Operation Posidonia
  • Operation Crayweed
  • Living Seawalls
  • Fish Habitat enhancement

VISION

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.

GOALS

1. Habitat Restoration

Restore Seascapes with Posidonia meadows, seaweed forests and enhance artificial foreshores areas by installing Living Seawall panels and Reef Pods across various locations within Sydney Harbour.

2.Boost Biodiversity

Improve local biodiversity and associated ecological communities to levels at or above standard ecological benchmarks at each restoration location.

3. Connecting Seascapes

Rehabilitate habitat connectivity between restored habitats and adjacent natural habitats and associated benthic and pelagic communities within each restoration location.

4. Community Engagement

Community and institutions look after the natural environment. We want to empower the community by increasing awareness and sense of stewardship.

5. Increase Employment

Boost local employment – employ STEM, engineering and natural resource management (NRM) personnel and businesses in resource procurement and restoration of marine habitats.

THE TEAM

DR FRANCISCO MARTINEZ-BAENA

Project Manager

TOM BURD

Research Assistant

MITCHELL BRENNAN

Research Assistant

MEG TRETHEWY

Research Assistant

KYLE GOODMAN

Research Assistant

GIGLIA BERETTA

Research Assistant

TIA BOOL

Media & Communications Officer

PARTNERS

Generously funded by NSW Environmental Trust and in partnership with the NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water 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.

COLLABORATORS

The Sydney Institute of Marine Science, in collaboration with the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales,  the University of Technology Sydney, and Macquarie University has been leading the restoration of key degraded habitats and the use of eco-engineering to enhance the habitat value of artificial foreshores.