First Season's Update From Dale Bay Seagrass Restoration Initiative
Project Seagrass is an ambitious initiative to replant the seagrass meadow of Dale Bay in Pembrokeshire, Wales. As much as 92 per cent of all the UK's seagrass has disappeared over the last 100 years, yet it is one of the most important underwater ecosystems and habitats: a shelter to many different species, a nursery for others, and food for yet more. It has even been recently discovered to remove plastic from the oceans.
|'Seagrass is something that needs shouting about. This is something everybody should know about.'
- Evie Furness, education and engagement officer, Project Seagrass
'Hopefully we can continue to grow the awareness around the amazing services seagrass provides us with and keep encouraging people and governments to take the necessary steps to protect it,' said Evie Furness, education and engagement officer for Project Seagrass in an e-mail to DIVE. 'We’re all really excited by the signs of successful growth that we’ve seen at the restoration site so far, and can’t wait to get out this summer to see how it looks after a full year of growth. Fingers crossed for lots of healthy young plants!'
'Seagrass Superheroes' is a short video update from the team as they check the project's first season's growth. You can find out much more about the team's work and why it's so important at www.projectseagrass.org, and make sure you take a look at the Seagrass Spotter app to download and use if you're anywhere near the sea, which will help contribute to a worldwide citizen science project for the protection of seagrass around the world.