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A global campaign for World Seagrass Day! Raising public awareness on the importance of #seagrass meadows is central to efforts in the protection and #conservation of seagrass meadows worldwide. The international seagrass #research and conservation #community call on the United Nations to declare a World Seagrass Day to recognize the importance of seagrass meadows to the #health and well-being of the planet, as well as the people, communities, flora, and fauna that rely on them. Please join us in supporting this cause. #Repost @projectseagrass (@get_repost) ··· #seagrassmonitoring #queensland #worldseagrassday #marine #unitednations #australia #singapore #unitedstates #greatbritain #pacific #asia #malaysia #thailand #indonesia #southamerica #africa #europe #wales #japan #seagrassmeadows #seagrass

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The seagrasses of Singapore are an important resource. There are 10 seagrass species found in the country: Cymodocea rotundata, Cymodocea serrulata, Enhalus acoroides, Halodule uninervis, Halophila beccarii, Halophila ovalis, Halophila decipiens, Halophila spinulosa, Syringodium isoetifolium and Thalassia hemprichii . (McKenzie et al 2016) Cyrene is comprised of 3 patch reefs- Terumbu Pandan, Pandan Beacon and South Cyrene Beacon,and is one of the largest patch reef systems in Singapore. Cyrene Reef is a key maritime crossroad where east-west traffic routes cross north-south routes. A large number of ships transit the waters around the reef every day. The reef is also next to massive industrial sites like Jurong Island and Pulau Bukom, and opposite Singapore's container terminals. With abundant seagrass meadows and other marine life, Cyrene is a natural wonder. The reef top meadow is a mixture of Enhalus acoroides, Cymodocea serrulata, Cymodocea rotundata, Halodule uninervis, Halophila ovalis, Halophila decipiens, Thalassia hemprichii and Syringodium isoetifolium. #seagrass #singaporeseagrass #seagrasswatch #teamseagrass #isbw2018 #wcs2018 #dugong #dugonggrazingtrail #seagrassmeadows #seagrassmonitoring #halophila #enhalus #thalassia #halodule #cymodocea #syringodium #cyrene #cyrenereef #singapore #greenturtle #isbw13

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Seagrass meadows in Singapore play a vital role in supporting coastal marine communities and in maintaining diverse flora and fauna. They are an important component of coastal fisheries productivity and they play an key role in maintaining coastal water quality and clarity. The seagrasses of Singapore are also critical food for marine green turtles and dugongs. Pulau Ubin is a small island (10.19 km2) situated in the north east of mainland Singapore. It is also one of the very few off-shore islands in Singapore that is still inhabited. Located at the eastern tip of Pulau Ubin, Chek Jawa is a collection of six distinct habitats - coastal forest, mangroves, sand bars, seagrass lagoon, rocky shore & coral rubble. Eight seagrass species are found at Chek Jawa: Halophila beccarii, Halophila spinulosa, Cymodocea rotundata, Halophila ovalis, Halophila minor, Halodule uninervis, Thalassia hemprichii and isolated clumps of Enhalus acoroides. #seagrass #singaporeseagrass #seagrasswatch #teamseagrass #chekjawa #isbw2018 #wcs2018 #dugong #dugonggrazingtrail #seagrassmeadows #seagrassmonitoring #halophila #enhalus #thalassia #halodule #cymodocea #beccarii #pulauubin #singapore #isbw13

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In 2014, 81 Priority Marine Features (PMFs) were identified in the seas around #Scotland – these are a variety of habitats and species that are a priority for #conservation in Scotland’s seas. The list was developed by Marine Scotland, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). While many of these are protected through the existing network of Marine Protected Areas, others occur outside these areas. Marine Scotland is now looking to see whether protection is needed for the most vulnerable PMFs in Scottish inshore waters (within 6 nautical miles from shore), including whether management measures might be needed to ensure that development and use of the marine #environment does not have a significant effect on their national status. The 11 PMFs identified are: Blue mussel beds Cold water #coral reefs Fan mussel aggregations Flame shell beds Horse #mussel beds Maerl beds #Maerl or coarse shell gravel with burrowing sea cucumbers Native #oysters Northern sea fan and sponge communities #Seagrass beds Serpulid aggregations READ MORE: http://www.gov.scot/Topics/marine/marine-environment/mpanetwork/PMF

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