With almost every aspect of your daily life, you force more and more carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into our atmosphere. It’s just a fact of modern life. There are many things you can do to reduce your footprint, but that’s not always enough. By offsetting your carbon footprint with SeaGrass Grow, you help to defend against climate change AND restore critical marine habitats.
Seagrass habitats are up to 35x more effective than Amazonian rainforests in their carbon uptake and storage abilities.
For every $1 invested in coastal restoration projects, $15 in net economic benefits is created.
Food & Habitat
A single acre of seagrass may support as many as 40,000 fish, and 50 million small invertebrates like crabs, oysters, and mussels.
Seagrass meadows reduce flooding from storm surges and hurricanes by soaking up seawater and dissipating wave energy.
More on Seagrass
What is Seagrass?
Seagrasses are flowering plants that grow in shallow waters along coasts, lagoons and estuaries. Seagrass meadows can be found along the coasts of every continent except for Antarctica and over a billion people live within 30 miles of a meadow.
Seagrass meadows provide food and habitat for 70% of juvenile marine species such as shellfish, seahorses, manatees, and sea turtles. They provide protection from shoreline erosion, filter pollution from water, support tourism, food security, commercial and recreational fishing.
Seagrasses occupy 0.1% of the seafloor, yet are responsible for 11% of the organic carbon buried in the ocean. Seagrass meadows, mangroves and coastal wetlands capture carbon at a rate two to four times greater than tropical forests.
Seagrass meadows form the basis of the world’s primary fishing grounds, supplying 50% of the world’s fisheries. They provide vital nutrition for close to 3 billion people, and 50% of animal protein to 400 million people in the third world.
Alarming Rate of Loss
Between 2–7% of the earth's seagrass meadows, mangroves and other coastal wetlands are lost annually, a 7x increase compared to only 50 years ago.
If more action is not taken immediately to restore these vital habitats, most may be lost within 20 years. SeaGrass Grow gives you the opportunity to help restore these areas AND reduce your carbon footprint.
Visit our Seagrass Resource page for even more information.