Seagrass Reduces Marine Pollution and Disease
by ann.julie.lev on October 30, 2017 - 1:00pm
Nowadays, it is well known that the level of pollution is rising everywhere around the world; water pollution in peculiar. This important resource can also be contaminated by many types of bacteria. However, there is a solution to this problem which is presented in the article entitled « Seagrass Reduces Marine Pollution and Disease ». According to a recent study ran in Indonesia, ocean seagrass meadows, which are made of flowering plants growing in saline environments, have the capacity to reduce bacteria unhealthful to humans and marine organisms by up to 50 %, naturally. In fact, their benefits are very varied. Seagrasses improve water quality, preserve health of oceanic ecosystems and support the industry of aquaculture. Also, using seagrass in aquaculture could reduce environmental and economic costs linked to the use of pesticides and vaccination campaign. However, Joleah Lamb, a postdoctoral researcher in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology at Cornell University said that since 1990, the global loss of seagrass is estimated to 7 % each year, but receive less than 2 % of the media coverage. In contrast, researchers and scientists are positive about this study because they think that it represents a good step for seagrass and that it will improve their conditions.
In my opinion, I hope that this research explained in this article will make people aware of the fact that it’s primary to protect these ecosystems. As a future environmental sciences student, I’m very concerned about this study because I realized that it can make a big difference on social, environmental and economic aspects and I want to inform people about the impacts of it. Indeed, this type of natural ecosystem can be good for both people and animals living in them. To keep these marine organisms and ourselves healthy, all we need is already in the ocean. That’s why we just have to protect ocean seagrass so it will protect us in return.
However, I would have wanted to know if it’s possible for anyone to concretely participate to the protection of seagrass and if it is, then read more informations about how we could do this.
Here’s the link of the article: https://www.aaas.org/news/seagrass-reduces-marine-pollution-and-disease