World Seagrass Day

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World Seagrass Day
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World Seagrass Day

World Seagrass Day is an annual celebration on March 1st, dedicated to raising awareness about the crucial role of seagrasses in the marine ecosystem. The declaration of World Seagrass Day by the United Nations General Assembly in 2022 followed Sri Lanka's resolution, emphasizing the need for seagrass conservation.

Seagrasses, unique flowering plants thriving in marine environments, serve as essential food sources for various marine life, from small invertebrates to larger creatures like fish, turtles, manatees, and even certain sharks. Unfortunately, human activities pose a significant threat to seagrasses, with coastal development, pollution, climate change, dredging, and unregulated fishing and boating activities being primary contributors to their degradation. Along coastal regions, up to 67 species (93%) of seagrasses are impacted by human activity.