Early morning view from my favorite spot---exposed seagrass beds during low tide. ~ Often called as foundation plant species and ecosystem engineers, seagrasses and seagrass meadows serve as a refuge and a harbor to a wide spectrum of organisms. These areas support commercial fisheries and biodiversity, clean the surrounding water and help take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.
However, despite being one of the most productive ecosystems in the world, seagrasses often receive little attention and face so many threats such as area reclamation for developing shore facilities (resorts and seagrass-free sandy beaches) and aquaculture, pollution of nearshore waters from domestic waste, oil and gas from boats and ships, and the accumulation of solid waste in shallow areas, surface water runoff and groundwater containing excessive nutrients from fertilizers or sewage which promote algal blooms, and last but definitely not the least threat that they are facing at present, something that we should think deeply about (inasmuch as we would want to help out with the purest intentions), is the planting of mangroves esp the wrong ones in seagrass beds which can greatly modify this ecosystem.
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