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Report, Open Letter Make Case for Policy Makers to Focus on Blue Carbon

The carbon stored in ocean ecosystems, such as mangroves and seagrasses, can help protect from runaway global heating, yet is being largely ignored by policymakers, a new report from the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) says. The report is backed by an open letter signed by over 7,000 marine and climate scientists, human rights experts, public figures and others, that was

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Save Our Seagrass Campaign in UK

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Valeport, has pledged its support to a campaign to protect the vital “underwater rainforest” under threat off Tor Bay, on the southwest coast of the U.K.  To mark the hydrographic and oceanographic instrument manufacturer’s 50th anniversary, it will partner with a U.K. coastal zoo and aquarium to help protect seagrass, a remarkable plant that flowers underwater and forms dense meadows

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USCG is Testing Eco-Friendly Moorings for Navigational Buoys

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) uses navigational buoys to direct water traffic and to protect vulnerable benthic ecosystems such as seagrass communities and coral reefs in U.S. waters. However, most buoys are currently attached to the seafloor by concrete anchors, also called sinkers, and heavy metal chains that can have just as significant an impact on marine life themselves.

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Seagrass Removes Pathogens from Seawater

A new study found that seagrass meadows can remove pathogens from seawater. Researchers studied small islands without wastewater treatment facilities in central Indonesia and found that levels of potentially pathogenic marine bacteria that affect humans, fish and invertebrates were reduced by 50 percent when seagrass meadows were present compared to paired sites without seagrass. Photo Credit: NOAA

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