Ecosystem all over the world are declining, but scientists and communities are applying numerous restoration techniques to be able to return ecosystems to what the once were. Does restoration work? Can it be a solution to reverse human impact on ecosystems? Read below on how seagrass restoration in Virginia is showing promising results! Article: Reynolds, L. Ecosystem services returned through seagrass restoration.
Little clams play big part in keeping seagrass ecosystems healthy, new study finds
Seagrass sedimentary deposits as security vaults and time capsules of the human past | SpringerLink
The importance of healthy seagrass meadows to the lives of coastal communities is often poorly, if at all, understood. Therefore, knowledge and awareness are vital to the process of creating locally-managed marine areas LMMAs that ensure the responsible use of marine resources and the protection of this vital habitat. However, public information and education programmes are seldom effective in the absence of good baseline data regarding the status of, and threats faced by, seagrasses. Establishing this data requires ongoing research, ideally conducted by local people themselves as part of their management of LMMAs. Combined with policy advocacy and support, awareness and research make up the core components of the Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project, and in the Solomon Islands the DSCP brought these aspects together in one project to protect local seagrass ecosystems. Project Type: Research.
Seagrass Forests Counteract Ocean Acidification
Seagrass ecosystems are diminishing worldwide and repeated studies confirm a lack of appreciation for the value of these systems. In order to highlight their value we provide the first discussion of seagrass meadows as a coupled social-ecological system on a global scale. We consider the impact of a declining resource on people, including those for whom seagrass meadows are utilised for income generation and a source of food security through fisheries support. Case studies from across the globe are used to demonstrate the intricate relationship between seagrass meadows and people that highlight the multi-functional role of seagrasses in human wellbeing. While each case underscores unique issues, these examples simultaneously reveal social-ecological coupling that transcends cultural and geographical boundaries.
A seagrass meadow or seagrass bed is an underwater ecosystem formed by seagrasses. Seagrasses are marine saltwater plants found in shallow coastal waters and in the brackish waters of estuaries. Seagrasses are flowering plants with stems and long green, grass-like leaves. They produce seeds and pollen and have roots and rhizomes which anchor them in seafloor sand.