Thursday, July 25, 2024

200 endangered seahorses released at Botany Bay

More than 200 juvenile White Seahorses, listed as the second most endangered species in the world, have been released into Botany Bay.

Minister for Environment, Tanya Plibersek joined Bayside Mayor, Bill Saravinovski and Bayside Councillors for the release, which was a first for Bayside.

“This is an incredible conservation initiative, and we look forward to seeing these little seahorses thrive in Botany Bay,” said Mayor, Bill Saravinovski.

White Seahorses, primarily found along Australia’s east coast, are at risk due to habitat loss and degradation.

The release of the seahorses into Botany Bay is part of a recovery conservation project in collaboration with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) and the Gamay Rangers.

The SIMS Sydney Seahorse Project, in partnership with the NSW Department of Primary Industries, is breeding and reintroducing hundreds of these seahorses into Sydney’s bays and harbours.

The release in Botany Bay was planned in collaboration with local traditional owners, with local rangers to continue to monitor the seahorses.

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