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Seagrass is a powerful weapon for protecting coastal ecosystems, but we're not using it

from Business Insider

Seagrass has been around since dinosaurs roamed the earth, it is responsible for keeping the world's coastlines clean and healthy, and supports many different species of animal, including humans. And yet, it is often overlooked, regarded as merely an innocuous feature of the ocean. But the fact is that this plant is vital — and it is for that reason that the World Seagrass Association has issued a consensus statement, signed by 115 scientists from 25 countries, stating that these important ecosystems can no longer be ignored on the conservation agenda. Seagrass is part of a marginalized ecosystem that must be increasingly managed, protected and monitored — and needs urgent attention now. more


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