WWF, Sky Ocean Rescue, and Swansea University have joined forces. They work together as part of the Seagrass Ocean Rescue project. Its goal is to restore 20 thousand square meters of seagrass. In 2020, over 1 million seeds will be sown in Great Britain. It’s a fight against climate change.
Seagrass is a common name for various species of angiosperms with the soft shoot, that live in sea waters. It includes 55 species. The ecosystems created by the seagrass play a major role because of their significant productivity and it is very crucial to biodiversity. This is an ecosystem that is threatened by pollution of waters and climate change on a global scale. Seagrass is also a habitat for many fish species frequently consumed by humans. In addition, it absorbs energy from waves, in that way minimizing erosion of the shorelines. It also absorbs nitrogen and other human-made pollution.
A significant loss of seagrass is a result of the effect but was also associated with the commercial usage of shoreline. Underwater plants were destroyed by boat propellers and the mooring method. It is estimated that in Great Britain up to 92% of seagrass has disappeared in the past century. According to estimates, in 2020 over 1 million seeds will be sown in Great Britain.