The importance of seagrass

Seagrasses are an important foundation species in shallow marine ecosystems and provide critical ecosystem services, including stabilizing sediments, sequestering carbon and provide habitat and an energy source for a diverse fauna. We know that recovery after disturbance to a seagrass meadow takes a long time (decades), if at all.

Marine species inhabiting Station Beach, which are at risk of disturbance from the dog trials, include pipefish and the endangered White’s seahorse.