Seagrass supports a number of habitats around the world.
We have already lost 35% of the world’s seagrass, this could lead to the degradation of a number of other important and productive habitats that rely on seagrass.
Seagrasses form a partnership with nearby habitats
Seagrasses, coral reefs and mangroves work together. Seagrasses trap and stabilize sediment which in turn provides an area for mangroves to grow on. Coral reefs protect seagrasses from wave action and, in turn, seagrasses protect coral reefs from bacterial run-off from the shore.
Seagrass meadows protect coral reefs from disease
Seagrass meadows often grow beside coral reefs and it has been found that reef-building corals found next to seagrass beds have half the levels of diseases associated with bleaching than those corals without a nearby meadow. It appears that seagrasses could act in the same way as wastewater treatment facilities, releasing the high amounts of oxygen they make via photosynthesis, which is then toxic to the pathogens.
Project Seagrass is an marine conservation charity dedicated to ensuring that seagrass meadows are protected globally, for the biodiversity and people that depend on them.
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