Our Research and Conservation Objectives for 2020

- A Seagrass Distribution map of the Mediterranean Sea to be able to pinpoint locations of meadow changes and better target counter measures.
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- Seagrass shoot counts in locations throughout the Mediterranean Sea. The amount of shoots per square meter gives crucial information about the health and fitness of a meadow and therefore better understanding of the overall state of the eco system!
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- Investigate the variables, that affect seagrass growths (nitrogen, phosphorus, light penetrations, …) to predict which meadows will be at risk and are in need of assistance or immediate action in the future!
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- Quantify the carbon stores in the Mediterranean established seagrass meadows vs. Degraded areas (without seagrass). Track the carbon sequestered over time in newly planted seagrass meadows.
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- Quantify invasive species numbers and distributions. This efforts are widely depending on the collaboration of partnering Dive Centers and divers to feed information back to us and also share with us the sightings of new invaders to keep extending our data collection
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- Remove ocean debris and recycle (epicycle) where possible. Measure in weight what is removed and the frequency of each type of plastic found. Record animals we find trapped in ocean debris.
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- Map out where ghost nets are found to show where the biggest problems/threats are. Furthermore right up remove ghost nets wherever possible without external assistance to ensure no further damage created!
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- Monitoring of Marine Mega Fauna, such as sea turtles, cetaceans etc to asses if there is a correlation between seagrass health and presence of marine mammals and sea turtles.
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- Evaluate the overall impact of Seagrass health/degradation on the local biodiversity
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