Save our Seagrass

Seagrass

Our planet is facing a climate crisis and the impact is clear to see – floods, storms, bushfires, soaring temperatures and melting ice sheets. But a tiny plant that lives in our shallow seas could help solve some of our environmental problems – and you can help us secure its future.

What is seagrass?

Seagrass is a flowering plant that lives underwater around the UK’s coast in shallow, sheltered areas. It forms marine meadows which are highly productive ecosystems and biodiversity hotspots.

Why is seagrass so important?

The problem - Seagrass is in decline

Many UK seagrass beds have decreased in size over the past century. The decline has been caused by industrial growth, modification of ports and sheltered harbours, boat traffic, increasing and stronger storm events, and more recently and most damaging of all, pollution within the water column that affects the light getting to the seagrass beds, and increases the amount of ‘fouling’ algae on the seagrass strands. Now, from global research over the past 20 years, we are more aware of the vital role seagrass plays in the environment and can now make the case for the protection and recovery of such vital inshore habitats.

How MCS is helping reverse the decline

We are part of an exciting project that seeks to enhance the technologies available to reduce the damage of seagrass beds, whilst also sowing new beds into appropriate places. Such work will enable recovery of such a vital part of our marine ecosystem at a time when the climate crisis is part and parcel of our work.

Click here to find out more about the REMEDIES project and other ways we’re working to save our seagrass

How you can help

If you’d like to help us with our Save Our Marine Meadows Appeal, your donation will help us to install advanced moorings to replace traditional, damaging anchoring methods and allow seagrass around the south coast of England to recover.

Help us to fight the climate crisis – Donate Here


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