The opening article outlines the threats to seagrasses globally. And features this great photo by Len McKenzie of TeamSeagrass at work on Pulau Semakau!
Among the threats to seagrasses is dredging. This article explores how some of the impacts can be prevented.
More about this study.
latest Seagrass-Watch magazine to read more.
In Singapore, our seagrasses face similar threats.
|Dredging next to Cyrene in Jul 2011.|
|Runoff from the land during heavy rain near seagrass meadows|
on Labrador, Sentosa on Dec 2012
|Removing driftnet laid on seagrasses at Labrador, Nov 2012|
What can we do about these threats?
The keynote article ends with these thoughts:
We have constructed approached to help us identify those threats to seagrass of most significance, but now we need to develop processes to identify solutions.
These processes and solutions will vary but at the fundamental level will require a greater awareness of the importance of seagrass resources and consequences of their loss.
An effective way forward would involve improving community involvement in conservation efforts; developing sustained, long term incentives to protect seagrasses; providing basic information on seagrass ecosystems to inform (science-based) decision-making; and developing stronger policy and regulations for the protection and conservation of seagrass ecosystems (as well as the institutional capacity to implement them).
To protect valuable seagrass meadows, we must work together.
In Singapore, you CAN make a difference by joining TeamSeagrass! More about the Team and how to join.