Submerged Aquatic Vegetation: Seagrasses

Authored by: Alyssa B. Novak , Frederick T. Short

Coastal and Marine Environments

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138339637
eBook ISBN: 9780429441004
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9780429441004-32

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Abstract

Seagrasses are marine angiosperms found in shallow coastal waters along every continent except Antarctica. They form extensive meadows that provide important ecosystem services, including storing carbon, improving water quality, providing food and habitat, and acting as a biological indicator of coastal conditions. Seagrass meadows are rapidly declining due primarily to anthropogenic factors, including global climate change. Strong science-based management and regulatory strategies are needed to maintain and increase seagrass habitats, as well as build their resilience to stressors in a globally changing environment.

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