Scientists: Seagrass Ecosystems at a 'Global Crisis';
Elevating Public Awareness 'Critical'
Underwatertimes.com News Service 1 Dec 06
full article on wildsingapore
Among its findings, the study analyzed an apparent disconnect between the scientific community’s concerns over seagrass habitat and its coverage in the popular media.
While recent studies rank seagrass as one of the most valuable habitat in coastal systems, media coverage of other habitats – including salt marshes, mangroves and coral reefs – receive 3 to 100-fold more media attention than seagrass systems.
"Elevating public awareness about this impending crisis is critical to averting it."
"This report is a call to the world’s coastal managers that we need to do more to protect seagrass habitat"
Referring to "A Global Crisis for Seagrass Ecosystems" by Dr. William Dennison of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Dr. Robert Orth of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Dr. Tim Carruthers of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, published in the December issue of Bioscience, the journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS)
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