Project Seagrass

WHAT WE DO

WHAT WE DO

Our Approach

Learn more about the three pillars which drive our approach to protecting seagrass and define our projects

OUR PROJECTS

Working across the globe discover our projects by Marine-Eco Regions along with our goals and objectives for each project

OUR NETWORKS

We're a part of many regional and global networks sharing and exchanging the best knowledge on seagrass conservation

Our Approach

Learn more about the three pillars which drive our approach to protecting seagrass and define our projects

OUR PROJECTS

Working across the globe discover our projects by Marine-Eco Regions along with our goals and objectives for each project

OUR NETWORKS

We're a part of many regional and global networks sharing and exchanging the best knowledge on seagrass conservation

PROJECTS

Seagrass meadows are among the most common coastal habitats on Earth, covering at least 266,562 km2  in at least 136 countries. They nurture fish populations, weaken storm surges, and provide numerous other services to coastal communities. Seagrass ecosystems are biologically rich and highly productive, providing valuable nursery habitats to more than 20 per cent of the world’s largest 25 fisheries. They can filter pathogens, bacteria, and pollution out of seawater, and are home to endangered and charismatic species such as dugongs, seahorses, and sea turtles.

But they are globally threatened with a number of the world’s estimated 73 seagrass species currently in decline. Since the late 19th century, almost 20 per cent of known seagrass area across the globe has been lost. Reversing this trend is possible.

Our projects that secure a future for seagrass are aligned with our three core pillars: Community, Research and Action

COMMUNITY

At Project Seagrass we believe that building a community around seagrass ecosystems is the best approach to generate both an awareness and understanding of these critical ecosystems and the marine environment more broadly.

One of our core aims is to raise an awareness of the marine environment and the issues facing our seagrass meadows around the world. Working across sectors we can work collaboratively to educate and inspire the next generation, and in turn advance the conservation of not only seagrass, but the environment as a whole for the future.

RESEARCH

At Project Seagrass, we recognise that the pressures on our oceans are urgent. Since our inception, we’ve been focused on applied seagrass ecosystem research, geared towards making an impact in the real world.

Our research work is interdisciplinary, global and involves collaborators at a number of internationally leading institutes.

As a dedicated team of seagrass conservation scientists, we’ve lead and contributed to over 70 peer-reviewed scientific articles.

Read our publications here

ACTION

At Project Seagrass, we know that by monitoring seagrass meadows, we can keep an eye on how they’re doing. And through underwater gardening, we can actively replant our lost seagrass meadows.

Saving our seagrass means working together. We believe collaboration is key which is why our projects are a collaboration between key partners, funders and communities all working towards a world where seagrass meadows are thriving.

OUR IMPACT SO FAR

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OUR IMPACT SO FAR

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Where we work

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Protecting and restoring seagrass meadows contributes to the solutions to many global problems such as food insecurity, water quality, wellbeing and gender equality, as well as the more well known issues of biodiversity loss and climate change. Saving seagrass requires a holistic approach of action at local, regional and global scales. Project Seagrass is an international organisation working across the globe to save seagrass.

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Where we work

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Protecting and restoring seagrass meadows contributes to the solutions to many global problems such as food insecurity, water quality, wellbeing and gender equality, as well as the more well known issues of biodiversity loss and climate change. Saving seagrass requires a holistic approach of action at local, regional and global scales. Project Seagrass is an international organisation working across the globe to save seagrass.

Temperate Northern Atlantic Arctic Tropical Atlantic Southern Ocean Tropical Eastern Pacific Temperate South America Temperate Northern Pacific Western Indo-Pacific Central Indo Pacific Temperate Australasia Eastern Indo-Pacific Temperate Northern Pacific Temperate Southern Africa

Arctic

We do not currently work in this region

Southern Ocean

Encompasses Antarctica - The only are which is not known to contain any seagrass species

Tropical Eastern Pacific

We do not currently work in this region

Temperate South America

We do not currently work in this region

Temperate Northern Pacific

We do not currently work in this region

Temperate Australasia

We do not currently work in this region

Eastern Indo-Pacific

We do not currently work in this region

Temperate Northern Pacific

We do not currently work in this region

Temperate Southern Africa

We do not currently work in this region

Temperate Northern Atlantic
Western Indo-Pacific
Tropical Atlantic
Centro Indo-Pacific

Projects found in the Western Indo-Pacific

Assessment of seagrass meadows and associated biodiversity within the Myeik Archipelago, Myanmar

Recognising the value of lagoonal small-scale fisheries in Sri Lanka

Projects found in Tropical Atlantic

Land2Coast: investigating the effects of land use change on the coastal zone in Quintana Roo, Mexico

Developing a Protocol for Flats Fisheries

Projects found in Centro Indo-Pacific

 

Seagrass Ecosystems Services

 

Indo-Pacific Seagrass Network

 

Empowering Community Action for Seagrass Conservation in Southeast Asia: Seagrass Meadows Support Food Security

 

Engaging communities with citizen science in Southeast Asia

 

Seagrass biodiversity, social-ecological systems and poverty alleviation: a collaborative, comparative study in the Indo-Pacific (SeaSTEP)

 

Programme Lamun Wakatobi

 

SEAGRASS NETWORKS

Saving seagrass requires working together. That’s why we’re a part of many regional and global networks sharing and exchanging the best knowledge on seagrass conservation. Find out more and get involved with these networks below:

Coordinated Global Research Assessment of Seagrass System (C-GRASS)

The C-GRASS scientific network looks at standardising seagrass research and assessments whilst building an interdisciplinary community of seagrass stakeholders. Find out more here

Indo-Pacific Seagrass Network

This network builds capacity, fosters learning exchange and conducts collaborative research on seagrass and their associated fisheries across the Indo-Pacific. Find out more about this network here

Zostera Experimental Network

Zen is a collaborative partnership among ecologists throughout the northern hemisphere conducting coordinated research on Zostera marina to assess how biodiversity and climate change influence ecosystem structure and functioning. Find out more about ZEN here

Wales Seagrass Network

The WSN is a collaborative platform that provides a unified voice to increase public awareness of seagrass meadows across Wales, share expert knowledge and drive coordinated action to support the enhancement of Welsh seagrass meadows. To get involved, email lucy@projectseagrass.org

World Seagrass Association

The WSA is a global network of scientists and coastal managers committed to research, protection and management of the world’s seagrasses. To find out more and get involved, click here

PATHGRASS

Pathways for Connecting People and Seagrass (PATHGRASS) is a European network for socio-ecological research in seagrass

Global Seagrass Nursey Network

The goal of the GSNN is to collaborate actively and openly; share knowledge, successes and failures, and to identify knowledge gaps in the building, running and maintenance of seagrass nurseries around the world. To get involved email nurserynetwork@projectseagrass.org or click here to find out more

WHY SEAGRASS

Discover why it is vital we save the world's seagrass