- Flowering marine plants
- About 60 species, found on all continents except Antarctica, shallow water, and soft sediment
-Macroalgae-also called “seaweed”
-Seagrass and seaweed are NOT the same thing
-Not all algae is planktonic
Why might we care about seagrass loss?
- Stabilize sediments, prevent erosion
- Improve water clarity
- REALLY productive
- Nursery habitat for important species
What could be contributing to seagrass decline?