Seagrass Species: Where to Dive & How To Protect Them

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The ocean’s dense inexperienced leaves shelter a wealth of vibrant and interesting marine life.

So why not take a break from the coral reefs and take a look at what’s on supply within the seagrass meadows? You gained’t be dissapointed!

Seagrass, mangroves and coral reefs are sometimes considered particular person habitats, however these three praise one another in creating the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet. Collectively, these habitats present extra providers to humanity and marine life than a person or any two of them mixed. These usually are not remoted techniques. In truth, they need each other to thrive.

So what wildlife might be present in our ocean’s shallow seagrass meadows? From Egypt to Indonesia, seagrass and mangrove habitats supply meals and shelter to actually hundreds of thousands of species. Right here’s 5 of them – and the place you will discover them!

Species: Dugong

The place to dive with them: Marsa Alam, Egypt – Marsa Shagra Village ($)

Species: Inexperienced Sea Turtle

The place to dive with them: The Gili Islands, Indonesia – Blue Marline Dive Gili Trawangan ($)

Species: Yellow Stingray

The place to dive with them: Belize – Thatch Caye Resort ($$)

Species: Seagrass Filefish

The place to seek out them: Lembeh Strait, Indonesia – Blue Bay Divers Resort ($)

Species: Chocolate Chip Starfish

The place to seek out them: Wakatobi Nationwide Park, Indonesia – Wakatobi National Park ($$$)

Sadly, scientists estimate we lose a seagrass meadow the dimensions of a soccer subject every 20 minutes as a consequence of threats together with coastal improvement (tourism), agriculture, local weather change, overfishing and air pollution.

The excellent news is, as divers we're uniquely positioned to boost the profile of those valuable habitats and name for higher protections and formally protected areas that embrace them. However that’s not all we will do – right here’s 5 methods you may be a part of the answer.

1. Donate to The SeaGrass Develop Program

Head to The Ocean Basis’s SeaGrass Grow Calculator to work out your carbon footprint and offset it by means of seagrass and mangrove restoration, or donate on to the trigger

2. Advocate for Marine Protected Areas

Be a part of the coalition of divers, surfers, sailors and over 50+ different ocean-stakeholders in calling for Marine Protected Areas. Scientists are in settlement: we should shield 30% of our shared ocean by 2030 with a purpose to shield and preserve 100% of it. Sign and share here.

three. Take a Carbon Damaging Dive Journey with PADI Journey

PADI Journey now supply SeaGrass Develop donations as a part of all Dive Resort and Liveaboard packages. Meaning you possibly can offset the carbon value of your dive journey with seagrass and mangroves. If you wish to go one step additional and use your dive journey to actively restore these habitats. Use the carbon calculator to work out the carbon value of your journey, then add double that quantity to your reserving. The end result? Carbon damaging dive journey!

four. Take Photographs (and Share Them!)

Individuals shield what they love, they usually love what they know, so take pictures of seagrass life and share them far and broad! Become a Torchbearer and head over to the PADI Torchbearer Community Hub on Fb to attach with like-minded ocean advocates who care. Even the act of requesting a seagrass dive at your dive store is a step in the proper path. The extra curiosity from divers, the extra worth these ecosystems supply to native communities and they'll develop into aware of defending their native seagrass beds.

5. Get Palms On with Restoration

When you’ve acquired inexperienced fingers above the floor, there’s no purpose for that to cease when you dive under the floor. Dive Resorts like Ceningan Divers and Six Senses Laamu, in addition to conservation organisations and initiatives like The Ocean Foundation or Project Seagrass supply the prospect to get palms on with restoration efforts.

To remain updated on promising fins on and fins off conservation alternatives, be a part of the PADI Torchbearer Group at padi.com/onebillion.

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