Seagrasses, seahorses and eco-moorings
Seagrasses are a very important shallow coastal habitat acting as nurseries for fish, absorbing carbon dioxide from our atmosphere, reducing the impact of wave action on our coastline and widely known as a home for seahorses. Boats can impact seagrass through anchoring and chain moorings. This has been particularly noted in Studland Bay, Dorset where it has taken over a decade of campaigning for its protection before finally being declared as a Marine Conservation Zone
The new LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES project aims to reduce the negative impacts of recreational activities on the marine environment including the installation of low impact eco-moorings.
Dr Ken Collins is a Senior Research Fellow & Diving Officer, Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton. Research interests in artificial habitats, seagrass and Galapagos marine invasive species.
Co-leader of the MARINEFF programme, a €5million project, 2018-2022 to enhance and protect coastal and transitional water ecosystems in cross-border Channel regions www.marineff-project.eu