Have we been overlooking the importance of seagrasses in tidal ecosystems for all these years? In the past, it hasn’t been a focus in marine science, at least in comparison to other marine habitats like coral reefs or even salt marshes.
Seagrass beds provide an array of services to both humans and animals, including providing food and shelter, producing oxygen, and carbon sequestration. Seagrasses are also facing large-scale decline. In this video (and support materials), students hear from marine scientists who study the seagrass beds of Saint Joseph Bay to better understand the ecosystem’s decline and the potential impacts of losing it. WATCH: http://to.pbs.org/1NtTJUi