Last week, following a three-year ongoing collaboration between DPI, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, UTS: University of Technology Sydney and Gamay Rangers – Botany Bay along with the UNSW, 111 captive-bred White’s seahorses were released into Seahorse Hotels in Botany Bay. The release marks the third successful release of the White’s Seahorse into the wild.
The Seahorse Hotels, which were installed earlier this year as part of a NSW Environmental Trust project, provide an artificial habitat for the White’s seahorse. Over time, the hotels take on elements of the surrounding environment, allowing local sponges, algae and corals to grow. The introduction of the White’s seahorse, also known as the Sydney Seahorse, onto these hotels is a major step towards a natural recovery of one of NSW’s most Endangered aquatic species.
Each of the released seahorses has been individually marked, and they will be regularly monitored through diving surveys over the next 12 months to assess the survival and recovery of the population. For more information on ‘The White’s Seahorse Recovery Project,’ please visit https://fal.cn/3gb6V