Project Seagrass

Advancing seagrass conservation through education, influence, research and action  

KEY PRINCIPLES

Project Seagrass is an environmental charity devoted to the conservation of seagrass ecosystems through education, influence, research and action. 

Our four key principles define how we act. As such, we're passionate about:


  • educating the wider community on the presence and importance of seagrass ecosystems, the services they provide and current seagrass management issues,
  • building the capacity of local stakeholders in the use of standardised scientific methodologies,
  • promoting and assisting with long-term monitoring of seagrass condition,
  • assisting with scientific research and supporting conservation measures that help facilitate the long-term resilience of seagrass ecosystems.

UNITED APPROACH

Project Seagrass was created with the approach of turning cutting-edge research into effective conservation action and education schemes, by collaborating with local communities and other stakeholders. As a dedicated team of seagrass scientists, we work to protect seagrass, and through seagrass, we support marine conservation more broadly. 

SIMPLE BEGININGS

The philosophy that Project Seagrass prides itself on evolved independently in the minds of its 3 founders. While pursuing masters degrees at Swansea University, Benjamin Jones and Richard 'RJ' Lilley each developed a passion for seagrass meadows and quickly realised that these ecosystems were under threat and were ignored in conservation agendas. In May 2013 Ben created Project Seagrass, a platform to help deliver seagrass science to the public, using social media to help disseminate information. At the same time, RJ, and their supervisor at the time, Dr Richard Unsworth were looking to strengthen seagrass science in Wales and formed the Welsh Seagrass Network.

Realising that they were all on a similar page, in July 2013, Project Seagrass was born, with the primary belief that education is key in the fight to conserve seagrass.

PHILOSOPHY

In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.

Baba Dioum, Senegalese Conservationist