Portofino Seaweed Garden

Area Marina Protetta di Portofino, Baia di, Paraggi GE, Italy

Region Active

Europe

Project

2021

Activity

Seaweed, Conservation of marine and coastal diversity

Description

Portofino Seaweed Garden intends to be a showcase for the brown Cystoseira seaweed (now Ericaria) on the Mediterranean sea, by creating an submerged seaweed garden, looked after and monitored by Portofino’s Outdoor community. This project is in the early stages, and will involve marine outdoor enthusiasts in protecting, monitoring and restoring Cystoseira seaweed forests and their supporting habitat in Portofino Marine Protected Area. Volunteers will help Outdoor Portofino to transplant, grow and monitor juvenile plants into an 89 hectare study site. Once restored, Cystoseira will immediately take back its role as ecosystem engineer, creating a 3D forest-like environment in which biodiversity can thrive.. Financed recently by the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA)