The lead article of this issue features the important role of seagrasses in giving early warning of dangers to the shores. "Like the canaries that were used to detect deadly gases in the coal mines, seagrasses are our 'coastal canaries' detecting environmental degradation in coastal and reef ecosystems." The articles shares how intertidal seagrasses in the Great Barrier Reefs are monitored by Seagrass-Watch as part of the Reef Rescue Marine Monitoring Program to track trends in sediments, nutrients and other pollutants in the waters there.
An exciting new monitoring Mangrove Watch programme is also featured! The pilot programme is testing methods and strategies over the next 12 months in Queensland. It involves community volunteers and scientists. Hopefully, we can do something similar for our mangroves in Singapore!
The back cover features the enigmatic Giant clams! According to the article, "The most commonly encountered giant clam in seagrass meadows of the tropical Indo-Pacific is the Horse's Hoof or Bear Paw clam (Hippopus hippopus)".
Mei Lin, is doing a survey of the Giant clams in Singapore and we've seen many of these marvellous creatures on our trips with her. See her Psychedelic Nature blog for some information on the giant clams, as well as wild facts on wildsingapore. Alas, we have not seen a living H. hippopus on our meadows ... yet!
Read a summary of the articles on the TeamSeagrass blog and find out how you too can make a difference for our seagrasses.
Download the issue from the Seagrass-Watch website!