A global call to action from the World Seagrass Association
October 12, 2016
Call to save Seagrass signed this month at the 12th International Seagrass Biology Workshop in Wales, UK urgently states “The international seagrass research and conservation community together with the World Seagrass Association calls on all governments and global institutions to take local, regional and global action to ensure the future survival of seagrass meadows.”
It continues…”Seagrass meadows are important fish nurseries and key fishing grounds around the World. The loss of seagrass puts the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people at risk and exposes many people to increasing levels of poverty. Seagrass loss also places the viability of our remaining populations of green turtle, dugong and species of seahorse at risk. Seagrass loss should not be an option.”
The statement, signed by 122 scientists representing 28 countries, is part of a call to action by the World Seagrass Association at a conference in Wales
Richard Unsworth and Len McKensey — both seagrass scientists, activists and members of our Dugong Technical Group — organized the conference and authored the statement.