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Seagrass loss: The disaster is creeping

Seagrass loss: The disaster is creeping Colorful starfish live in a seagrass meadow in Komodo National Park, Indonesia. (Shutterstock/File)
Richard Unsworth and Leanne Cullen-Unsworth
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Cardiff, UK   ●   Tue, April 10, 2018

Seagrass meadows are shallow water habitats that are found along the coasts of Indonesia’s thousands of islands. These habitats, comprising incredibly productive flowering plants that are adapted to life in the sea, have been around since dinosaurs roamed the earth. 

In Indonesia these habitats are incredibly important; not only are they responsible for keeping the coastlines clean and healthy by filtering the water, they play a pivotal role in supporting fisheries throughout the nation.

Like many of the natural environments of Indonesia increasing evidence shows rapid economic development is beginning to have a major negative impact upon seagrass.

Over the last 15 years we’ve studied the ecology and the human importance of these systems and worked with scientists from across Indonesia. We’ve seen for ourselves the si...

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