Seagrasses are Huge Stores of Blue Carbon

Seagrass meadows are nursery habitats for many important fish species. Photo: Heather Dine/NOAA

In This Article:

  • What Are Seagrasses?
  • Where Do Seagrasses Grow?
  • Why Are Seagrasses So Important?
  • 1. Important Carbon Sinks
  • 2. Keep Oceans Healthy
  • 3. Foundation of Marine Food Web
  • 4. Nursery For Younger Fish
  • 5. Fishing Industry
  • What Are The Threats To Seagrass Meadows?
  • How Can We Protect Seagrasses?
  • Further Reading
  • References

What Are Seagrasses?

Seagrasses seen from Space. Astronaut photograph shows part of the Al Wadj Bank, located along the northern Red Sea coast. This area has a healthy and diverse coral reef system and extensive seagrass bed. You can see several islands (tan), surrounded by dark green seagrass — the largest is at top left. Image: NASA

Where Do Seagrasses Grow?

Why Are Seagrasses So Important?

1. Important Carbon Sinks

2. Keep Oceans Healthy

3. Foundation of Marine Food Web

4. Nursery For Younger Fish

5. Fishing Industry

Manatee grass (Syringodium filiforme) in southeastern Graham’s Harbour, San Salvador Island, Bahamas. It is the favorite food of the manatee, more commonly known as the sea cow. Image: James St John. CC-BY — 2.0

What Are The Threats To Seagrass Meadows?

How Can We Protect Seagrasses?

Further Reading

References

  1. “The global distribution of seagrass meadows.” Len J McKenzie et al. 2020.
  2. “The ocean, a carbon sink.” La Plateforme Océan et Climat (POC) ocean-climate.org/ Dec 3, 2016.
  3. Sea grasses and sea grass beds — Ocean
  4. “Seagrass meadows support global fisheries production”. Richard K.F. et al.2018
  5. “Global significance of seagrass fishery activity”. Lina M Nordlund et al. November 2017
  6. “Disappearing Seagrass Threatening Future Of Coastal Ecosystems Globally” University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. 2009

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I work in marketing by day — and pen my thoughts on climate change by night.

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