Opinion: Why isn’t seagrass on the world’s conservation agenda?

October 12, 2016

Dr Mike van Keulen Seagrass meadows are of fundamental importance to human life, supporting fisheries productivity, stabilising sediments, filtering nutrients and providing oceanic stores of carbon.

In a co-authored article for The Conversation, Dr Mike van Keulen explains how the habitat seagrasses create is suffering rapid loss due to the impact of humans, and calls for more action to protect these vital marine plants.

Coastal developments, poor water quality and destructive fishing leads to loss of seagrass, impacting species like the green turtle, dugong and seahorse, and ultimately putting the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people at risk.

Dr van Keulen is among the scientists to support a statement, issued by the World Seagrass Association, which states these important ecosystems can no longer be ignored on the conservation agenda.

To read the full article, click here.

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