Seagrass seen serious decline over past century
The critical importance of seagrass to the marine environment was marked recently by the launch by the Manx Wildlife Trust of the Manx Eelgrass Group.
Seagrass species have been in serious decline with 90 per cent of the underwater meadows having disappeared around the British Isles over the past century.
Earlier this week another innovative project to restore seagrass to a loch near Oban in Scotland saw the student team, Sea Seeds, win the prestigious Royal College of Arts Grand Challenge 2022/23.
Sea Seeds is a concept that enables kayakers, sailors and other water enthusiasts to give back to the environment by planting new seagrass while enjoying the ocean. It incorporates a brand new biodegradable seed casing made from seaweed algae and crushed oyster shell to make planting more efficient.
Lead member of the Sea Seeds team is Sam Royle: