Publicado por: pongpesca | 2020/03/09

Why India needs its fishers to save dugongs and their seagrass habitat

The endangered dugongs or sea cows graze about 40 kg of seagrass/day. This constant trimming results in regenerating a healthier seagrass ecosystem that act as carbon sinks. Photo from Organization for Marine Conservation, Awareness, and Research (OMCAR) Foundation.“For the last decade, the southeast coast of India has been battered by weather extremities ranging from tsunamis, storms, floods to droughts. The devastation caused by tsunamis led to the widespread planting of mangroves as bio-guards along the coast (as areas on the east coast with dense mangrove forests suffered minimal loss during the tsunami in 2004). But the lesser-known seagrass (a marine flowering plant) is said to play an equally important role in coastal protection in this region. Over the last few years, scientists, government officials, and fishers have come together to protect the remaining seagrass ecosystem and along with it, the legendary dugongs (or sea cows), known as the ‘farmers of seagrass’.”

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Fonte: Mongabay, 4 de março de 2020

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