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May 24, 2011
The most common species are in decline, both in terms of area covered and the diversity of species.
Seagrasses are plants that grow in the ocean and marine habitats are important.
They create huge underwater meadows and flowering plants evolved from land that remained under water millions of years ago.
These habitats serve as nurseries for young fish and shellfish, and are the main food source for marine mammals such as manatees and dugongs, as well as reptiles like sea turtles.
They also help keep other ecosystems such as coral reefs, mangroves, wetlands, marine and marine barriers formed by oysters.
It has long been known that seagrasses were in decline in many parts of the world, but this is the first time you perform an investigation that covers different parts of the world.
Professor Frederick Short, an expert from the University of Hampshire, in Durham, U.S. led an international team that compiled all the case studies on seagrass beds at specific points in the world.
Keep reading ate: Seagrass Meadows are Disappearing Worldwide