Asparagopsis bioregional project

This project aims to investigate the distribution, biology and aquaculture potential of the red seaweed species Asparagopsis armata in Tasmania due to its potential to be part of the global solution to climate change.

Methane emissions from livestock are a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. Bromoform, a chemical compound produced by Asparagopsis seaweeds, has been shown to greatly reduce methane emissions of cattle when added to their feed. As a result, producing large amounts of Asparagopsis by aquaculture has become the subject of great commercial and public interest.

Partnering with NRE and Sea Forest, IMAS researchers will measure the habitat and environmental preferences, abundance, genetic diversity, reproductive traits, and bromoform concentrations of A. armata at a suite of locations all over the state. The information delivered by this project will help to inform management of a growing industry.

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Camille White

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
15-21 Nubeena Crescent
Taroona, Tasmania 7053 Australia
+61 6226 8277 
Acknowledgment of Country
We acknowledge the palawa/pakana and Gadigal/Wangal people, the traditional custodians of the land and sea upon which we live and work, and their enduring cultures and knowledge of our oceans and coasts.

We recognise that decisions and practices affecting the future of Indigenous education and research are vital to the self-determination, wellbeing and livelihood of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to shaping the Australian society in which we live.
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