The habitats that seagrasses provide for juvenile Atlantic cod, generate nutritional (food for people) and economic ( job creation) benefits. Seagrass abundance typically shows a parabolic pattern with increasing depth, with low abundance towards its shallow limit, increasing to maximal abundance at intermediate depths, and declining exponentially thereafter (Duarte 1991). In fact, wood production accounts for as much as 60% of NPP in mangroves (Alongi, 1998). J.L. Seagrass meadows, to this point, have been extremely productive, and their benefits are huge. 6, No. Coastal Ecosystem Processes. Seagrass leaves – which typically create 2–12 m2 of additional surface per square meter of sediments (Duarte and Chiscano, 1999) – as well as the emerging portions of seagrass rhizomes are colonized by a variety of organisms, ranging from bacteria to filter-feeding hydrozoans and sponges (Duarte, 2000; Hemminga and Duarte, 2000). (1989) Pollard and Moriarty (1991), Alongi, D.M., 1998. However, sediment accumulation can be seasonal, with net sediment accretion during summer when seagrasses reach their maximum density, and net sediment resuspension in winter when plants disappear or their density decreases (Van Keulen and Borowitzka, 2003). Dugongs are especially sensitive to the degradation of seagrass meadows and there are only about 200 individuals left scattered along the Andaman coast and about 50 individuals in the Gulf of Thailand (Adulyanukosol & Poovachiranon, 2006). 1, 1812433. The habitat complexity within seagrass meadows enhances the diversity and abundance of animals (Gratwicke & Speight, 2005). Some of the most successful local and catchment-scale programs include community- or citizen-based action. Controls on point-source discharges and urban effluent (e.g., secondary and tertiary sewage treatment at large population centres) help to minimise impacts on seagrasses. ), Marine Biology. Seagrass meadow is a particular biocenosis of coastal environments, formed by an angiosperm which species varies according to the geographical area (Posidonia sp., Zostera sp., Thalassia sp., etc. Extra-local benefits of seagrass meadows in supporting fisheries: Atlantic cod fisheries. To know more about seagrass beds, learn what’s been done to save them or get involved, follow events such as the. (Credit: UVA) Virginia is celebrating a 20-year experiment off the Eastern Shore – the restoration of vast seagrass meadows where marine animals live. Seagrass roots and rhizomes absorb and store nutrients and help to anchor the seagrass plants in place. It is a massive program that has resulted in measurable improvements in seagrass cover in the bay (Orth et al. Seagrass meadows can also change the morphology of the islands as their roots systems consolidate and stabilize the lagoons, altering the flow dynamics and movements of the sand around the islands and their beaches (Daby, 2003). These meadows rival tropical forests and efficient crops as the most productive ecosystems on Earth (Duarte and Chiscano, 1999), and are a source of important ecosystem services to humans, such as support for biodiversity, carbon sequestration, and sediment stabilization and coastal protection (Duarte, 2000; Hemminga and Duarte, 2000; see Chapter 12.06). Stevens, Niv Froman, in World Seas: an Environmental Evaluation (Second Edition), 2019. CRC Press, New York, NY, 419 pp. Seagrass meadows are poorly studied in Malaysia, even though this habitat is recognized as being an important nursery and breeding ground for marine species. Most seagrass meadows in Thai waters are in good condition (Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, 2016b). They demonstrated that restoring seagrass meadows also benefit people by providing nursery habitat for fish and shellfish that provide economic support through commercial and recreational fishing. They’re ‘ecosystem engineers’, literally creating the foundations of life. Nursery areas: The relative safety of seagrass meadows provides an ideal environment for juvenile fish and invertebrates to conceal themselves from predators. Available legislation and its potential role in seagrass protection and techniques for seagrass restoration are discussed. If no map is available and the distribution of the seagrass meadow is not known, some idea of its size may be obtained from aerial photos or a rough map made by using a view box from a boat and recording the extent along the coast of the seagrass bed. Despite all this, seagrass coverage is being lost globally at a rate of 1.5 % per year. A net accretion rate of 0.5 mm yr−1 was also observed in Western Australia (Walker and Woelkerling, 1988). Attempts to eradicate or control the seagrass beds in lagoons surrounding tourist resorts. In the Pacific Northwest of the United States, citizen-based groups are developing habitat improvement programs to restore their damaged watersheds and seagrasses. These systems have a fairly broad distribution and generally occur between ∼25° N and ∼25° S latitudes, with ∼60–75% of tropical coastlines being bordered by these highly productive systems (MacGill, 1958; Clough, 1998). m−2 (Twilley et al., 1992), respectively. Along with rainforests, mangroves, and coral reefs, seagrass meadows have also managed to catch the scientific community’s attention as the effects of extreme climatic events, human activities and invasive species (among others) take their toll on these little-known ecosystems. The best-studied temperate and subtropical/tropical species of seagrasses include Zostera spp. The overall impacts on seagrass systems from incremental expansions in population and development pressures may be significant and difficult to assess with short term studies. 1995). Other important ecosystem impacts of seagrass are indicated with blue arrows. Seagrasses are capable of quickly adapting to naturally changing environmental conditions such as storms and animal disturbance (i.e grazing), but are vulnerable to the direct and indirect effects of human activities — which account for most losses in recent decades. If a tidal gauge is available nearby, correct the depth measurements, if necessary, for barometric deviations from MSL, which may exceed 50 cm in some areas. In addition, exopolymeric substances secreted by epiphytes can bind sediment particles to seagrass leaves (Agawin and Duarte, 2002). The high productivity of seagrass implies a high demand for the macronutrients nitrogen and phosphorus. The physical interaction between seagrass canopies and flows can also facilitate organismal recruitment within seagrass beds. P. oceanica is a long-lived species, with individual shoots and clones that live for decades and centuries, respectively (Duarte et al., 1994; Mateo et al., 1997), and the thick (1 cm) ligneous rhizomes are preserved in the sediments over millennia. Although there are conflicting reports concerning the temporal and spatial importance of such redox alterations in wetlands (McKee et al., 1988; Alongi, 1996, 1998), it is generally accepted that large amounts of underground biomass have long-term effects on sediment redox and the associated microbial/elemental cycling. If a map is available for the seagrass meadow of interest, the transects can be placed on the map and marked in the field using GPS. Mangroves and salt marshes. When seagrass meadows are damaged stored carbon dioxide re-enters the atmosphere. Among the many ecosystem services they provide, carbon sequestration and storage assume high importance in connection with climate change. Mangroves and seagrass also filter pollutants, absorb excess nutrients from runoff, and trap sediments, helping to increase the clarity and quality of waters. A key determinant of POC export versus import in wetland systems is hydrology (Gosselink and Turner, 1978; Kadlec, 1990), including river and estuarine geomorphology and water flow (Brinson, 1993). Ecology of Estuaries, Volume 1: Physical and Chemical Aspects. (Source: Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (2017). As Sandy Hausman reports, it’s the largest project of its kind in the world, offering benefits on many fronts. The high primary production rates of seagrasses are closely linked to the high production rates of associated fisheries, supporting numerous herbivore- and detritivore-based food chains (Jackson, Rowden, Attrill, Bossey, & Jones, 2001; Nagelkerken et al., 2000). Conserving and rehabilitating seagrasses is key, and the correct ecosystem management and protection can easily go hand in hand with development. It's estimated that 35% of the world’s seagrass has already been lost. Seagrass meadows play a vital role in mitigating climate change and stabilizing the carbon cycle. T.S. Many sea creatures make their home in seagrass meadows. Community and industry training and participation is facilitated by government agencies through environment monitoring (e.g., community Seagrass-Watch programs; citizens beach monitoring programs), and changes in land use (Integrated Catchment Management and Landcare programs in Australia; “Adopt a Beach” programs and watershed associations in the United States). Additionally, several vulnerable species use Thailand’s seagrass beds as feeding ground, including dugongs and four species of sea turtles: leatherback turtle, hawksbill turtle, green turtle, and Olive Ridley turtle (Fig. Stephen Granger, Hitoshi lizumi, in Global Seagrass Research Methods, 2001. For a gently sloping bed with a depth range of 30 m, 3 m depth intervals may be a useful guideline. Seagrass meadows play a vital role in mitigating climate change and stabilizing the carbon cycle. Repeat for each sampling transect at the predetermined depth intervals and move on to the next line-of-sight transect across the seagrass bed. com.). Likewise, seagrass meadows are endangered by erosion, oil spills, sand mining, and domestic pollution (Choo et al., 2001). 22.4). For example, for a steeply sloping bed with a depth range of 2-3 m, depth intervals of 0.5 m may be suitable. (McKenzie and Campbell, 2004), and Amphibolis spp. Seagrass meadows often occur in heterogeneous environments, where environmental variability is arranged along clearly perceived gradients, such as salinity and turbidity in estuaries, depth along slopes, or gradients of exposure. Other studies have shown that above-ground production of S. alterniflora is negatively correlated with latitude (Turner, 1976; Dame, 1989) and positively correlated with tidal range (Steever et al., 1976). CRC Press, New York, NY, 419 pp. Therefore, a habitat improvement program can include local government development controls, port or bay development programs, catchment management programs, regional development and land-use policies, marine park zoning and management (Chapter 23). Seyedeh Belin Tavakoly Sany, ... Rosli Hashim, in World Seas: an Environmental Evaluation (Second Edition), 2019. Seagrass meadows are recognized as one of the most productive ecosystems in the coastal zone. The long, flexible leaves of seagrass work to capture and stabilize sediment, which overtime creates a complex bottom bathymetry. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL; Saenger, P.E., 1994. From the perspective of POC sources, the major difference between organic matter in mangrove forests and marsh systems is the presence and high concentrations of woody detrital material, as opposed to vascular plants and grasses of marsh systems. Mangrove systems are defined as densely rooted forests bordering the lowlands of tropical and subtropical coastlines. Although leaf-bearing seagrass rhizomes grow vertically at rates of only a few millimeters per year (Marbá and Duarte, 1997), they form a rhizome network called ‘matte’ (Mateo et al., 1997) that, over the years, elevates above the seafloor forming reef-like structures. Twilley et al., 1985, 1997; Brinson, 1993; Twilley and Chen, 1998, Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences, USA, Caribbean, Australia, South East Asia. Seagrasses are now considered flagship species due to their quick response to anthropogenic changes, which provide insights into overfishing, destructive fishing practices, pollution, and other threats. Location-specific major threats to seagrass ecosystems and their impacts have been examined. obs.). Seagrass meadows provide multiple benefits to adjacent coral reefs through various microhabitat functions. This article is a selection from the December issue of Smithsonian magazine Spain: A blade of seagrass serves as refuge, habitat or nourishment for other organisms, from microalgae to crustaceans… Many of these gradients involve changes in the growth conditions for seagrasses, which may affect their abundance. Coastal Ecosystem Processes. In: Hammond, L., Synnot, R.N. In other cases, wetlands have been found to import DOC at a much higher rate than POC export (Childers et al., 1999). Adapted from Alongi, D.M., 1998. Depending on seagrass species and shoot density, flow reduction resulting from current deflection by the canopy ranges from 2-fold to more than 10-fold compared to water flow outside the seagrass bed (Ackerman, 1986; Gambi et al., 1990; Hendriks et al., 2008). As macrohabitats, seagrass meadows provide important benefits to adjacent reef ecosystems by acting as natural filters of sediments and nutrients, and by providing critical feeding, nursery, and refuge habitats for reef fishes and other fauna. The number of transects is determined by having some prior knowledge of the, Seyedeh Belin Tavakoly Sany, ... 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In common with most areas, seagrass meadows have been lost on a large scale in Nordic countries due to causes such as eutrophication and decreased water quality (Gundersen et al., 2016). Ecology of Estuaries, Volume 1: Physical and Chemical Aspects. Because they are so photosynthetically productive, seagrass can absorb huge amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. Without seagrass, most areas where they currently live would be a seascape of shifting sand and mud. The resort management companies therefore spend large sums of money to eradicate or control the seagrass beds from the lagoons surrounding their properties: utilizing dredging, sheet smothering, manual removal, and the use of chemicals (Daby, 2003) (Fig. Because of these benefits, seagrasses are believe… We offer a number of analytical methods in this chapter to assist investigators in assessing nutrient and chlorophyll concentrations in and around seagrass beds. They are also one of the largest blue carbon stocks on Earth; being capable of capturing, each year (the equivalent to the carbon emitted by approximately 61 million passenger cars in a year). Although seagrass covers at most 0.2% of the seabed, it accounts for 10% of the ocean’s capacity to store carbon in soils, and these meadows store carbon dioxide an estimated 30 times faster than most terrestrial forests. Each square metre of seagrass is capable of absorbing 83 grams of carbon per year, and seagrass meadows hold around 15% of the carbon stored in the ocean. Eutrophication of the island lagoons is also a likely contributing factor to the blooms of filamentous algae which occur during periods of extremely calm weather at the onset of the northeast monsoon (December), smothering lagoon coral colonies (G. Stevens pers. This has significant effects on the transport and rates of decomposition of POC derived from mangroves. Carlos M. Duarte, Hugh Kirkman, in Global Seagrass Research Methods, 2001. It's estimated that 35% of the world’s seagrass has already been lost. Many fish species use seagrass meadows as nursery areas to grow and mature. As noted earlier, accretion of recalcitrant root and rhizome material by certain species of seagrass can lead to the formation of seagrass reefs. The meadows also slow currents, allowing other organic material to drift down and be trapped, potentially for thousands of years. (Nixon and Oviatt, 1973; Zieman and Wetzel, 1980; Dennison and Alberte, 1982; Wetzel and Penhale, 1983; Zieman and Zieman, 1989; Duarte, 1995; Nielsen et al., 2002) and Thalassia spp. There are, in fact, a growing number of initiatives around the globe with goals aiming towards providing knowledge and mapping support, ensuring seagrass bed restoration, and seeking policy-based solutions to better protect them. Eight different families of mangroves are found in coastal regions, including Rhizophora spp., Avicennia spp., Laguncularia spp., and Bruguiera spp. The dugong, a mammal protected under the World Conservation Union list of threatened animals, is now no longer frequently seen in meadows because of the rapid development of industrialization and heavy vessel traffic in the WCPM and Straits of Malacca (Ibrahim et al., 2010; NRE, 2015). Reef-building seagrasses – especially the endemic Mediterranean species Posidonia oceanica – provide a striking example of this process. At each transect position, navigate or swim off the shore, following a compass bearing or using the line-of-site poles, perpendicular to shore, to reach the seagrass bed. However, seagrass can also directly intercept suspended sediment particles with their canopies. obs.). One of these benefits provided by terrestrial and coastal and marine ecosystems is carbon sequestration. Sometimes you can even see the oxygen bubbles escaping the seagrass. CRC Press, New York, NY, 419 pp, Ward et al., 1984; Fonseca and Kenworthy, 1987, Roman and Able, 1988; Caffrey and Kemp, 1990, 1991; Barko et al., 1991, Kirby and Gosselink, 1976; Pomeroy and Wiegert, 1981, Moran et al., 1991; Moran and Hodson, 1994; Trefry et al., 1994, Lugo and Snedaker, 1974; Robertson and Alongi, 1992, Boto and Bunt, 1981; Twilley et al., 1985; Alongi, 1996; Alongi et al., 1998; Dittmar and Lara, 2001. (Eds. R. Ramesh, ... Ahana Lakshmi, in Coastal Management, 2019. Seagrass meadows are often an important downstream habitat in coastal systems. However, there are a ton of reasons that show the importance of seagrass as an ecosystem: 1) A protector of the vulnerable. Carbon uptake and photosynthesis in a seagrass meadow. Seagrass meadows are one of the three ‘blue carbon’ habitats because of their carbon storage capability 10.In addition to their value as a nursery and refuge for important fish species, seagrass meadows modify currents and waves, and trap and store sediments and nutrients, acting as a filter for coastal waters. However, to date there has been little effort to survey and assess the composition and extent of the seagrass habitat (Milchakova et al., 2005; Payri, N’Yeurt, & Mattio, 2012; Short, Carruthers, Dennison, & Waycott, 2007). The program calls for reductions in nutrient input to the bay to reduce both plankton blooms and epiphyte growth so that seagrasses can receive light for photosynthesis. (Verduin et al., 1996). Longman Cheshire, Melbourne; Alongi, D.M., 1998. Small boat with standard safety equipment, Calibrated echosounder and/or weighted measuring line (marked at 5 cm intervals), Dive personnel and equipment, if deep subtidal, Waterproof paper and clipboard or dive slate and writing instrument, Random number generator (table, calculator or computer), If available, Global Positioning System (GPS), compass, bathymetric chart for the area, recent aerial photographs, and underwater video or still camera. Special cells within the seagrass, called chloroplasts, use energy from the sun to convert carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates (or sugar) and oxygen through photosynthesis. Once on site, drop the weight with the buoy at the selected depth contour to mark the station and extend a 25 m sampling transect, parallel to shore, unless the slope is negligible (i.e., < 0.5 m in 25 m), in which case, the transect can be extended at a predetermined random bearing from the marker. They provide many ecosystem services (Gundersen et al., 2016), including reducing coastal erosion and storing large amounts of carbon. More than 95 species of benthic and infauna animals and 149 edible fish species were found within the ecosystems (Satapoomin & Poovachiranon, 1997; Sudara et al., 1992). In recognition of this, the historic United Nations. Seagrass meadows and patches also serve as refuge to a range of epibenthic organisms that hide from predators in the seagrass canopy, and infaunal species that suffer decreased risk of epibenthic predation within the dense matrix of seagrass roots and rhizomes (Hemminga and Duarte, 2000; Heck and Orth, 2006). Seagrass meadows account for a significant portion of coastal productivity in many parts of the world. Sediment accumulation rates of 2 mm yr−1 were observed within perennial subtidal seagrass meadows in the Mediterranean Sea (Gacia and Duarte, 2001; Gacia et al., 2002), indicating net annual sediment accretion. In the coastal and marine environment, this process is usually referred to as “blue carbon” sequestration and storage. Field estimates indicate that the potential for particle contact with leaf surface sometimes approaches 100% in Zostera marina canopies (Ackerman, 2002). Figure 5. 22.1). The west coast of Malaysia supports large areas of seagrass beds especially in Malacca, Port Dickson, Johor, Pangkor, Penang, and Langkawi. The rates of primary production for a select range of seagrasses are typically within 0.4 to 1.5 g-C m−2 d−1 (Table 3) (Alongi, 1998). To know more about seagrass beds, learn what’s been done to save them or get involved, follow events such as the World Seagrass Conference or visit the World Seagrass Association and the Project Seagrass websites. Here, large rolls of weighted plastic sheeting were used to cover the seagrass beds in an attempt to kills the plants © Guy Stevens. However, in many cases, the below-ground biomass of salt marshes exceeds that of above-ground production in salt marshes (Schubauer and Hopkinson, 1984). As is the case of salt marsh plants (see Section 7.04.3.2), seagrass can also modify environments via the export of litter and its accumulation in adjacent ecosystems. It anchors itself and takes up nutrients from the sediment, and then as it photosynthesizes, pumps oxygen to its roots, aerating the water and submerged soils. A habitat improvement program will require education directed at several sectors to encourage changes in community behaviour to protect seagrasses. Seagrasses on reef flats are also nutrient sinks, buffering or filtering nutrient and chemical inputs to the marine environment (Kennedy et al., 2010). Table 3. In all, 12 species of seagrass have been recorded in shallow water between 0.2 and 1.8 m from southwest Johor to Langkawi, the common species being Halophila ovalis, Halophila minor, Halophila uninervis, Halophila pinifolia, and Enhalus acoroides (Ibrahim et al., 2010; NRE, 2015). Ecosystem Health and Sustainability: Vol. Furthermore, Syringodium sp. Seagrass wrack deposited in sandy beaches can locally enhance moisture and provide living space to a variety of organisms (Coupland et al., 2007). In this article, Izzy Sasada talks to the ‘guardians’ of the carbon sinks – those who have dedicated their lives to the protection of seagrass meadows in the Seychelles. Rates of net primary production for a few selected seagrasses and seaweeds from various locations. As one of the planets most effective and efficient coastal systems for carbon sequestration, proper conservation and management of seagrass meadows is … However, the exact threshold where these effects are seen is still the subject of debate. The number of samples depends on natural variation of the seagrass meadow and should be calculated beforehand (Kirkman 1996). In the Florida Keys, turtle grass, manatee grass, and shoal grass are the most common types of seagrass. Seagrasses have been used by humans for over 10,000 years. Christopher Harman, ... Helene Frigstad, in World Seas: an Environmental Evaluation (Second Edition), 2019. Benefits of seagrass meadows. Seagrasses are now considered flagship species due to their quick response to anthropogenic changes, which provide insights into overfishing, destructive fishing practices, pollution, and other threats. (Cebrian et al., 1997, 2000), Posidonia spp. For example, the back-and-forth motion of seagrass leaves enhances vertical mixing of the water column (Koch and Gust, 1999; Ghisalberti and Nepf, 2002) and the delivery of planktonic larvae and spores to the seabed (Grizzle et al., 1996). Although wave attenuation is maximal when the meadow occupies a large portion of the water column (i.e., more than 50%; Fonseca and Cahalan, 1992), reduction in wave energy and orbital velocity occurs even when beds are located at 5–15 m depth and the plants occupy a small portion of the water column (Verduin and Backhaus, 2000; Granata et al., 2001). Kennish, M.J., 1986. In Tanzania, a decline in seagrass was found to have a negative impact on the livelihoods of women who collect invertebrates, such as clams, sea snails and sea urchins, from seagrass meadows. Thirteen seagrass species have been reported, with all but one present on both coasts (Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, 2016a). “The seagrass meadows make the water clearer. A range of benefits. The benefits of seagrass meadows Seagrass has a high turnover of leaves and the dead ones fall into oxygen-poor sediments below where they trap carbon. Much of the biomass produced in seagrass meadows is represented by leaves that typically become detached from the rhizomes at certain times of the year and undergo biotic and physical fragmentation to form detrital POC. But it's what they do in their native habitat that has the biggest benefits for humans and the ocean. Extra-local benefits of seagrass meadows in supporting fisheries: Atlantic cod fisheries The habitats that seagrasses provide for juvenile Atlantic cod, generate nutritional (food for people) and economic ( job creation) benefits. 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