We have made great progress in recent years in starting to return bleak seascapes back into wildlife-rich coastal zones. However, there is still much more to do – not just in planting seagrass and enabling huge coastal areas to regenerate, but also in ensuring that the wildlife can recover and people and communities are inspired to get involved.
Generous support by donors is vital to help secure and restore our seagrass meadows and all the wildlife which depends on them. Regular donations underpin all that we do – they help us to plan ahead and make the most of your contributions to deliver a real difference to the future of our oceans.
Seagrass restoration is about far more than just placing a seed in the ocean. It requires detailed environmental information, it requires working closely with local people, and it also requires sandbags and lines to place the seeds in. Above all, for seagrass restoration to happen we need people, but we also need technology, boats and even food to keep people going in the cold. Your donations play a critical part in helping support all these activities that enable new seagrass meadows to appear on our seabed.
The seagrass restoration work that we do at Project Seagrass has built on the decades of know how that has been developed in restoring the seagrass meadows of the iconic Chesapeake Bay, and the experiments done by scientists from Sweden, to the Netherlands and Australia, and now by us in the UK.
Having picked a restoration site through data collection and habitat suitability modelling, we then collect seagrass seeds from healthy meadows and place them into small hessian bags. This prevents the seeds from dispersing and ensures they are also protected from being eaten. The bags are also filled with sand to ensure that the seeds have a uniform, healthy organic matter to germinate in.
At Project Seagrass our existing restoration efforts have been dependent on the help of volunteers, such as those at Dale Fort where they helped is prepare lines of rope and placing seeds into bags. To ensure our bags stay in the right place and the seeds are able to germinate, we weight each line down with large sand bags and deploy lines of up to 100 bags from the side of a boat with the skipper holding a steady course.