Category archive: Seagrass

NEW MANUAL FOR MEASURING, ASSESSING, AND ANALYZING COASTAL BLUE CARBON

NEW MANUAL FOR MEASURING, ASSESSING, AND ANALYZING COASTAL BLUE CARBON

The International Blue Carbon Initiative is proud to present “Coastal Blue Carbon: methods for assessing carbon stocks and emissions factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass meadows”.

Sea turtles, sharks and seagrass carbon

Sea turtles feed in seagrass meadows, an important coastal carbon sink

The loss of sharks could contribute to the destruction of one of the planet’s most under-appreciated sources of carbon storage — seagrasses, according to FIU researchers. Not that sharks eat the seagrass, they don’t, but they do eat the turtles which feed in the seagrass meadows. Add this to the problems of pollution, mooring and…

Blue carbon projects can work!

Blue carbon projects can work!

Blue carbon projects can work, by using the value of carbon stored and sequestered in coastal and marine ecosystems to support conservation and sustainable management, a new report shows. The report, published by Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI), aims to stimulate discussion regarding projects that support the conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems…

Seagrass ecosystem services in Indonesia

Seagrass ecosystem services in Indonesia

Blue carbon related ecosystem services and values in Indonesia; seagrass meadows are critical for national food security and important fisheries exports – Article from World Fishing: http://www.worldfishing.net/news101/industry-news/seagrass-conservation-in-indonesia-protects-fisheries Seagrass conservation in Indonesia protects fisheries 03 Apr 2014 Research by Swansea University and partners shows that protecting seagrass meadows throughout Indonesia is critical for national food security…

Seagrass: The Renaissance meadow of the ocean

Seagrass: The Renaissance meadow of the ocean

Seagrass meadows are one of the World’s most productive ecosystems yet it is often overlooked and the current destruction rate is four times faster than that of rainforests. Like a Renaissance man of the ocean, seagrasses provide food, habitat and nurseries for many different species of fish, shellfish and invertebrates. A single acre of seagrass…

Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project Brochure and Brief Available to download

Abu Dhabi Blue Carbon Demonstration Project Brochure and Brief Available to download

In just over 40 years, Abu Dhabi has evolved from a small fishing community to the largest and most populated of the seven Emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With the vision and direction from His Highness the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the environment has become an intrinsic part of the heritage and traditions of the people of the UAE.

Seagrass Blue Carbon Blues

Seagrass Blue Carbon Blues

The case for protecting and conserving seagrass has been put to music for the first time. The Seagrass Blue Carbon Blues relays an important message in a novel and entertaining way. Set against a backdrop of an acoustic guitar, the singer outlines the benefits of seagrass, including the sequestration and storage of carbon, and the provision of habitat…

New video with Jim Toomey

New video with Jim Toomey

A new video has been released by the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA). It is the fourth video in the series of “Two Minutes on Oceans with Jim Toomey”. The video is titled “The True Value of Our Oceans”. The clip features narration and animations by Jim Toomey, in order…

Video of Sensitive Marine Habitats

Video of Sensitive Marine Habitats

The Seagrass Ecosystem Research Group (SERG) has released a new video entitled ‘Investigating Sensitive Marine Habitats in Wales’. The video provides an underwater view of the marine life supported by seagrass meadows, kelp and horse mussel beds in Wales. A Baited Remote Underwater Video system (BRUVs) was used to capture footage of commercially important juvenile…

Science for Environment Policy: Seagrass decline releasing large quantities of carbon

Science for Environment Policy: Seagrass decline releasing large quantities of carbon

Grasses growing at the bottom of our oceans lock away large quantities of ‘blue carbon’, according to a new study. The results suggest that the soil that seagrass grows on is capable of storing more carbon than soils on land and as a result of the current global decline in seagrass, vast stores of carbon may be being released into the ocean and atmosphere.

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