Ocean Conservation Trust
Oceans make up 71% of the planet’s surface. And despite the harm they face because of climate change, they offer a solution too. Seagrass.
Who is the Ocean Conservation Trust?
Over 20 years ago, a dynamic group of marine scientists, researchers, educators, and divers came together to create a charity that would showcase some of the amazing habitats and animals found in a healthy and vibrant Ocean.
Since then, the OCT has delivered global Ocean conservation projects, connected millions of people with the Ocean, and worked to protect many different species of animals and habitats – making them a leader in people-focused conservation.
Seagrass meadows are more efficient at removing carbon from the environment than tropical rainforests.
Plymouth Based Charity
It just so happens that the Ocean Conservation Trust is based here in Plymouth, and they’re responsible for a fantastic seagrass project. In the 1930s, there were some 90,000 hectares of seagrass around the British coast. This is now down to around 8,000. Over the next few years, the OCT wants to restore seagrass to the 1930s levels, and we want to do what we can to help them.
Seagrass is incredible – it’s one of the most important ecosystems on the planet. It provides food and shelter for a massive range of sea life, and in coastal locations like Plymouth, its importance in the fight against climate change can’t be overstated.
Seagrass takes 35% more carbon out of the environment than a tree does. And it starts doing this as soon as it’s been planted.
Seagrass can absorb huge amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. Each square meter is capable of absorbing 83 grams of carbon per year. Together, the seagrass meadows around the world hold around 15% of the carbon stored in the ocean. This is particularly impressive as seagrass meadows only make up 0.1% of the total ocean floor.
Here at Nash & Co Solicitors, we’re making a significant investment in supporting the OCT’s seagrass project. It’s local, we’re Britain’s Ocean City, and the project forms a key part of the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park. We can even see it from our offices!
Seagrass starts removing carbon from the environment, the instant that it’s planted in the seabed. Trees take around 15 years to start absorbing carbon.