Treasure your seagrass

A recent paper was published saying that seagrass beds can store up to 83,000 metric tons of carbon per square kilometer, compared to the meager 30,000 metric tons per square km of a terrestrial forest. Seagrass beds have long been acknowledged as being important ecologically, since they act as nursery habitat for the juvenile stages of many marine and some terrestrial species, they filter sediment, and prevent erosion. This is yet another reason to treasure your seagrass beds. One way you can do this is by being careful with marine boats; propeller scars can be very damaging to seagrass beds, not unlike in coral reefs. So be aware! Seagrass beds are important–not to mention that they are home to seahorses and pipefish, my study organisms!!

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