Seagrass Restoration

Seagrass Restoration

In 2009 we worked with WWF to raise awareness of deforestation in the Amazon, help safeguard 1 billion trees and raise £9 million for the project. Now, we work together to shine a light on the threats to ocean health.

Every second breath comes from the ocean, but over 8 million tonnes of plastic makes its way into our oceans every year. They regulate our climate, generate the oxygen we need to breathe and provide food and livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people.

We are working together to highlight the threats to ocean recovery by raising awareness and inspiring millions to take action against the use of single-use plastics as we encourage a movement of Ocean Heroes. At the same time, we are working to persuade governments to take urgent action to protect and restore our ocean’s health.

In the last century, up to 92% of the UK’s seagrass has disappeared as a result of pollution, runoff from the land, coastal development and damage from boat propellers and chain moorings. The seagrass restoration project, launched by Sky Ocean Rescue, WWF and Swansea University, aims to restore 20,000 square metres of the marine plant in Dale Bay, Pembrokeshire.

Seagrass captures carbon from the atmosphere up to 35 times faster than tropical rainforests, making it an important part of tackling climate change. The freshly planted seagrass acts as a natural waste collector and is expected to trap up to half a tonne of CO2 per hectare each year once fully established by sponging CO2 from the atmosphere.

As well as helping to trap CO2, seagrass meadows act as a nursery for a wide variety of marine life, from endangered seahorses to sea snails. By restoring 20,000 square metres, the seagrass will be able to support 160,000 fish and 200 million invertebrates.

Alec Taylor, WWF head of marine policy said that they were “urgently calling on governments to use the model our project is creating” to bring back the “lush underwater meadows”.

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