Bringing Biodiversity Back To Our Oceans

A Great Pipefish (Syngnathus acus) peers out from filamentous algae that is overgrowing a seagrass bed (Zostera marina). Studland Bay, Dorset, England.

Seagrass meadows are full of diverse, productive and amazing marine life, so much so that they’re centres of biodiversity. This is one of the many reasons that at Project Seagrass we’re so passionate about protecting and restoring these fantastic habitats. Studies in the UK have recorded over 50 species of fish in one meadow and 100’s of species of invertebrates such as molluscs, shrimp and marine worms. By providing a 3-dimensional structure in an otherwise barron marine landscape, seagrass provides a place for these animals to hide.

A Sea hare searching for food amongst the seagrass (Zostera marina). Sea Hares can be a food source for commercially important species such as lobsters. Falmouth Bay, Cornwall, England.

The complex habitat that seagrass creates provides a surface area for a vast array of algae and other attached fauna to grow upon and as the seagrass pumps oxygen into marine sediments it  makes them great places for small and abundant animal life. By contributing to conserving and restoring seagrass you are providing opportunities for biodiversity to survive and prosper, and contributing to all the amazing things our oceans do.

A juvenile Corkwing wrasse (Symphodus melops) peers out from the fronds of seagrass. This colourful, temperate species creates a nest here for their young so they can grow amongst the safety of the seagrass meadow before making their way into deeper waters. Helford River, Cornwall, England.