Tourism, Fishing Trawlers Hurt Seagrasses of East Africa - Report

Fishing trawlers, seaweed farming, and tourism on the coasts of Kenya and Tanzania are threatening the survival of seagrasses, warns the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). UNEP wants countries to include seagrass protection and restoration in their nationally determined contributions to help reduce the amount of heat-trapping carbon in the atmosphere. Known as the "lungs of the sea" due to their role in producing oxygen in the water, the flowering plants that grow entirely underwater perform numerous functions, including stabilising the sea bottom, providing food and habitat for other marine life, and provide numerous other services to coastal communities.


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