92% of seagrass may have disappeared from the UK’s coast over the last century, research has found.
So work has now started on lowering the seeds onto the seabed off Welsh coast to create a new 20,000 sq m (215,280 sq ft) meadow. Scientists hope it will also help boost fish numbers and support marine wildlife.
“Planting seagrass is an opportunity to reverse that loss and start to kick into action a recovery for our seas around the UK.”says project leader Dr Richard Unsworth, of Swansea University.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Sky Ocean Rescue and Swansea University say the underwater plant is key to reducing carbon dioxide - a gas which contributes to global warming.
Seagrass accounts for 10% of annual ocean carbon storage globally, despite only taking up 0.2% of the seafloor, pretty awesome!