'Gardens for Broome’s saltwater country’ includes underwater footage of snubfin dolphins, turtles nesting and seagrass and migratory shorebirds being monitored on Roebuck Bay. The film’s aim is to encourage ‘coastal gardening’, which is simply growing native plants, mulching heavily and trapping rainwater to reduce nutrient loading of the bay. Nutrients in chemical fertilisers, wastewater, animal faeces and garden waste wash into Roebuck Bay through Broome's stormwater drains during heavy rainfall and these nutrients provide food for blooms of Lyngbya, a blue green cyanobacteria that is often referred to as Maiden's Hair. A Lyngbya bloom suffocates the seagrass and has serious impacts through the food chain, so you don't want in your coastal waters, lakes or rivers. This beautiful film was made by filmmaker Mark Jones for the award winning Roebuck Bay Working Group in Broome.
Funded by Rangelands NRM through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program