Finally, I got a chance to monitor the seagrasses at Labrador shore.
I started in the area between the Promenade and the jetty. The seagrasses here seemed alright! Nice lush growths of Sickle seagrass (Thalassia hemprichii) especially close to the low water mark. Also a sprinkling of Spoon seagrasses (Halophila ovalis) here and there.
Tape seagrass (Enhalus acoroides) growing in deeper water here.
Halimeda, Gracilaria and Caulerpa species, and many large clumps of Smooth sponge green seaweed, which are actually a combination of an algae and a sponge, just like lichen!
what Len of Seagrass-Watch shared about why they might be cropped.
Bryopsis seaweeds. These wash up on the high shore leaving a green carpet of seaweeds.
what else I saw.
Labrador shore and the jetty are now permanently closed to the public due to safety issues. The natural cliffs along the shore are not very stable.
Thanks to Yuet Hsin of NParks for permission to monitor, and Benjamin Lee for accompanying me! In December 2011, a small team attempted to monitor seagrasses here but the tide was not as low as predicted. So I'm glad the monitoring got done today.
Hopefully, as the massive construction nearby comes to an end, the seagrasses and other marine life at Labrador can return. It is only through long-term monitoring that we can learn more about what is happening on this shore.