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Projects
for a
Healthy
Harbour

ECOBEL will plant 1 million ocean trees by 2040 .
Restoring the health and bio-diversity of Sydney Harbour and surrounding waters .

 

90%

Coastal fish

start in mangroves

4x

More carbon sequestered than land trees

10x

ability to filter heavy metals from water

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About ECOBEL

We are a community group of volunteer scientists who are hands on replanting lost ecosystems and restoring the rich biodiversity of  Sydney Harbour and its surrounds.

As a registered not-for-profit we are run on the love of our volunteers and donations of our Ocean Neutral partners.  

Why 2040?

An Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists, convened by the United Nations to guide world leaders, describes a world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of our oceans as soon as 2040 — a period well within the lifetime of much of the global population.

Our Projects

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Tidal Mangrove Nursery

Thanks to funding and support from Hunters Hill Council we are growing our Mangrove Tidal Nursery at Woolwich. We are growing 1000 grey mangroves to replant along the Lane Cove River where the existing forests are getting lost to over development and ferry wash.

Cool Facts 

3 x carbon sequestering than trees

80 % habitats for costal fish stocks

Natural filters of heavy metals

Status

Underway

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Riverbank repair

A fantastic result was achieved at Woolwich baths when the lantana overgrown riverbank collapsed.

Work started with clearing the embankment and laying the geomembrane. Levis where then built and back filled. Finally the embankment was planted out with native grasses.

Status

Completed

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Protect Parramatta River Mangroves

In addition to the tidal nursery bio engineering works will be required to stabilise and protect the existing mangroves and salt plains

 

A second on shore nursery / Seed bank for the endangered river mangrove species will be established with further funding

From:

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Monthly Beach Cleanup

Come join us for a fun morning at a beach clean-up.

We have partnered with CLEAN-UP AUSTRALIA so we can keep a record of what washes up. Hopefully together we can make changes up the packaging supply chain.

Status

Every month

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Greening Berrys Bay

  • Establish and manage a tidal mangrove nursery (300 plants every year)

  • Work with local council on a mangrove seed bank for endangered river mangroves

  • Plant out and green the concrete stonewall

  • return the biodiversity back to the bay both in, on and above the water

  • Engage and educate local community

Status

Underway

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Ocean Neutral Partners

Sydney By Kayak
Sydney By Kayak

Sydney By Kayak is an award winning, family kayak tour business, offering exclusive, small group kayak tours and locals paddles on beautiful Sydney Harbour

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Sydney Harbour Yacht Charter
Sydney Harbour Yacht Charter

Sydney’s Most Experienced Luxury Charter Boat Company.

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Noakes Group
Noakes Group

Noakes Group is Australia’s leading general marine company.

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murchisons accountants

chartered accountants and business advisors.

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Nautical Risk Solutions
Nautical Risk Solutions

Nautical Risk Solutions are insurance experts in Superyachts, Charter & Tourism Vessels.

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Sydney Luxury Cruise
Sydney Luxury Cruise

Sydney Luxury Cruise offers bespoke Experiences and Charters on Sydney Harbour

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LEGAL PERMITS
ECOBEL holds the s 205 permit for mangrove rehabilitation.

A big shout out to the Department of fisheries for their support in our project. Their professionalism and support has been invaluable

KNOWLEDGE SHARING

The Global Mangrove Alliance is the chief custodian of the Mangrove Knowledge Hub for a global approach to mangrove conservation and restoration at a scale that matters.

INNOVATION

ECOBEL is working with bio engineers and scientists to best improve the replanting results on a local level in Sydney Harbour. We are having great success with the natural coir hair sausage which protects the mangrove seedlings in the early stages of transplant.

SEED BANK

ECOBEL is supporting  a restoration nursery to help grow out the River Mangrove (Aegiceras corniculatum )species  whose numbers are twindling . 

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LATEST NEWS

 Science and Innovation

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We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognise their continuing connection with, and knowledge about, land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to Elders past, present and emerging.