Scuba Diver Magazines

Largest seagrass planting effort begins in Plymouth Sound

Advertisement

Related stories

Divers mark Royal Adelaide anniversary

Members of the Solent dive club Swanwick Divers marked...

Solomon Islands Receive a Welcome Boost

Solomon Islands tourism slowly returns but VA stats for...

BDMLR rescue stranded dolphin

Members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR)...

New Dive Centre for the Southern Great Barrier Reef at 1770

Dive. Spear. Sport are opening a new Dive Facility...

Cook Islands Announce Non Stop Flights From Sydney

Cook Islands announces non-stop flights from Sydney to Rarotonga...

Natural England and the Ocean Conservation Trust have announced that work on England’s largest seagrass planting effort is taking place from 21 April in Plymouth Sound National Marine Park.

A total of 16,000 seagrass seed bags and 2,200 seedling bags are being planted as part of the LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES project being led by Natural England to help support and improve the resilience of our marine environment. The planting is being carried out by project partner the Ocean Conservation Trust.

Loading up the seed bags with seagrass seed
Loading up the seed bags with seagrass seed

The four-year project aims to plant a total of eight hectares of seagrass meadows – four hectares in Plymouth Sound and four hectares in the Solent Maritime Special Area of Conservation. The seagrass seeds have been bagged at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth by Aquarium and Ocean Conservation Trust staff, as well as volunteers. Seedlings have been growing in the Aquarium’s special seagrass laboratory since January.

ReMEDIES is funded by the EU LIFE programme and led by Natural England in partnership with Ocean Conservation Trust (OCT), Marine Conservation Society, Royal Yachting Association and Plymouth City Council/Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum.

The seed bags being loaded on to the barge
The seed bags being loaded on to the barge

Seagrass meadows provide homes for juvenile fish and protected creatures like seahorses and stalked jellyfish. Seagrass also has an integral role in stabilising the seabed, cleaning the surrounding seawater and capturing and storing significant amounts of carbon. It is estimated that the UK may have lost up to 92 per cent of its seagrass, so this project is hugely important in protecting and developing seagrass meadows off our coasts.

Seagrass is delicate and can be damaged by activities such as the anchoring, mooring and launching of leisure boats, as well as other shore- and water-based activities. That’s why, in addition to planting new seagrass meadows, ReMEDIES is working to protect existing ones by helping recreational users to minimise impacts on these sensitive habitats.

Sending the seagrass seed bags to the seabed via chutes
Sending the seagrass seed bags to the seabed via chutes

Natural England and ReMEDIES partners plan to extend the benefits of this work beyond the UK to assist with international marine recovery efforts. Techniques and evidence gathered will be captured and shared with marine conservation organisations across Europe to allow them to learn from and replicate the work.

Photo credit: Ocean Conservation Trust

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Listen to our Podcast

LET’S KEEP IN TOUCH!

Get a weekly roundup of all Scuba Diver news and articles

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Latest stories
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x