Seagrasses, seahorses and eco-moorings - February Marine Life Talk

Surveying transplanted seagrass (C) University of Southampton

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

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Event dates: 
Thursday 6 February 2020 - 19:00 to 20:30