Marine Planning

Policy brief: Reduce pathogenic bacteria through seagrass protection

Seagrass meadows play a critical role in keeping marine ecosystems healthy by reducing pathogenic bacteria. Photo: M Hein

WHAT KIND OF TOOL IS IT?

The tool is a policy brief.

WHAT DOES IT DO?

This policy brief helps policy makers and leaders make informed decisions about managing seagrasses, by demonstrating the value of seagrasses which can reduce bacteria pathogenic to humans and marine life by up to 50 per cent.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The brief is used as part of the Rebuilding reef fisheries with Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) toolbox, and independently.

WHEN IS IT USED?

The brief is used when policy makers and planners want a simple guide to understanding the benefits of seagrass for supporting human and marine life health.

WHO IS THE TARGET END-USER?

  • Policy makers
  • Government and NGO planners undertaking MSP
  • Researchers studying marine reserve design
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