Seagrass: The most important habitat nobody ever talks about?
When we talk about threatened ecosystems, seagrass meadows are not often high on society's priority list. Yet they exist on coastlines on every continent except Antarctica, and they act as a crucial nursery for many species of fish, turtles, seahorses and more.
Not only that, but some research suggests they store more carbon than forests. So maybe we shouldn't mess them up?
The BBC reports that more than 100 scientists from 28 countries around the world have just issued a statement urging immediate and ambitious action to protect seagrass meadows around the world.
The World Seagrass Association statement — being issued ahead of a major international conference on seagrass protection in North Wales—notes that seagrass meadows are being lost at a global rate of 2% per year. With climate-related challenges such as unusually high rainfall being compounded by the impact of human activities such as boating, agricultural runoff, tourism, aquaculture, ports, energy projects and housing, the scientists argue that we need broad and coordinated action to stem the destruction.
The good news is, recovery is possible. We just need to set our minds to it.