Why Is Seagrass Disappearing?
If seagrass is so important to ocean health, then why is it disappearing so quickly? UK scientists have sounded the alarm due to the ‘catastrophic’ loss of seagrass meadows, which is estimated to be around 92% in the last century or two.
Pollution from industry, mining and farming, along with dredging, bottom trawling and coastal development are to blame. The good news — seagrass meadows are extremely resilient and can rebound quickly in the right conditions.
Planting seagrass can address the climate emergency in the UK. "When we think about climate change, we probably think we need to plant more trees — we wouldn't think that seagrass can store carbon 35x faster than a tropical forest,” said Jenny Oates from WWF.