Seagrass beds need to be specifically protected in new maritime planning legislation, an environmental group has told the government. Zostera marina, a type of seagrass, is the inshore equivalent of coral reefs or tropical rainforests in nurturing habitats for diverse species. It also helps to filter sediments and keep shorelines stable. However, several Irish seagrass habitats are threatened by an invasive species known as “wire weed” or Sargassum muticum, Coastwatch said. Karin Dubsky, a co-ordinator with Coastwatch and a marine biologist at Trinity College Dublin, said they were “ some of our most valuable blue carbon habitats”.
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