Seagrasses are the unsung heros of our coastal seas. As much as 92% of the UK’s seagrass has been lost, restoring it is vital for ocean health. Seagrass has huge benefits. It can protect coasts, improve water filtration and plays the following important roles:
20% of the world’s biggest fisheries are supported by seagrass meadows as fish nurseries.
50 species of fish live in or visit UK seagrass, supporting 30 times more animals than nearby habitat.
Fight Climate Change
Seagrass meadows store carbon as effectively as forests. 400kg of carbon dioxide per hectare, per year.
Seagrass Ocean Rescue plans to restore seagrass in a small experimental two hectare area (approximately two rugby pitches) in collaboration with local people in Dale in West Wales. Over the coming years we also aim to inspire future major projects in other areas to restore the UK’s seagrass meadows to help support our climate, our fisheries and our coastal livelihoods.