The BBC’s Nature Editor Matt Walker reports this week that Seagrass Net has just completed it’s first global survey of seagrass finding that nearly 15% are at risk of extinction. Over sedimentation via runoff from watershed and deforestation in developing parts world alongside nutrient overloading from agricultural and sewage run-off is causing massive decline. Add to this the effects of seafloor dredging and seagrass is globally at risk.
Are your seagrass baskets and storage boxes being made from responsibly harvested resources?
Seagrasses are important habitat for manatees, sea turtles, and fish such as sea horses and Seagrass Net director Profession Frederick Short told the BBC that:
” Seagrasses are both direct food for important species and as they break down within the coastal ecosystem, they are part of a vast food web that provides food to many organisms within the coastal ocean, including many commercially and recreationally important species.
Unfortunately, being submerged in the ocean they are rarely directly seen except by swimmers or snorkelers.”
Prof Short’s findings are to be published in the journal of Biological Conservation but before you purchase a cheap seagrass basket online it’s worth checking whether the retailer is responsibly sourcing it’s seagrass baskets and boxes as we are here at STORE.