Opinion: Why isn’t seagrass on the world’s conservation agenda? October 12, 2016 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. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: email@example.com Categories: General, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Tags: mike van keulen, seagrass, seagrass meadows, the conversation, world seagrass association Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!