13 October 2008

How much is seagrass worth?

An acre of seagrass is worth about $4,600 per year, a recent study found. The total benefits of the 156-mile-long Indian River Lagoon estuary is estimated at $3.7 billion.

Living within about a third of a mile from the lagoon adds $20.3 billion to real estate values and $47 billion to the five-counties along the lagoon.

In other news, China announced a 26 million yuan (3.8 million U.S. dollars) protection project for dugongs, to save them from extinction in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The project, to be completed in 2009, includes the building of a scientific research center, a sea animal rescue center, watchtowers and the purchase of equipment, such as patrol boats, in the Hepu Dugong National Nature Reserve, the only sanctuary of its kind in the country for the animal.

Singapore has seagrasses too. And possibly dugongs as well.
You can make a difference for them by joining TeamSeagrass to monitor our seagrasses and gather data to protect the habitat and dugongs and other animals that depend on it.

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