Seagrass helps protect natural ‘carbon sinks’, study finds

The disappearance of seagrass meadows could be contributing to greenhouse gas emissions, an international study has found.

As ABC online reports, research conducted at Oyster Harbour in Albany found centuries-old carbon dioxide deposits have been created by seagrass meadows.

Scientists at The University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute, in conjunction with overseas researchers, discovered the meadows act as carbon “sinks”, preventing the erosion of carbon deposits and the subsequent release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.