Out of sight of guests, staff at Living Coasts are working on a key project to propagate the seagrass species Zostera marina.
The long-term aim of our seagrass project is to find ways of growing the species Zostera marina on a large-enough scale to make planting out areas of suitable seabed viable. Staff have successfully grown seagrass plants from seed; it’s a significant achievement, as the seeds are notoriously tricky to germinate.
Seagrass is a flowering plant that forms dense underwater beds in shallow water. It’s both a species and a habitat. Distinct from seaweed, seagrass provides shelter and food for a large range of animals, including fish, marine mammals and birds. Found in the shallow waters of coastal regions on every continent except Antarctica, it’s declining globally at a rate of about 2% a year.
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