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Seagrass habitats 'need protecting', say Swansea University researchers

Underwater fish "meadows" are being lost at the same rate as the Amazon rain forests, researchers have warned.

Seagrass is a key habitat for feeding and sheltering young fish, including plaice, haddock and pollock.

But every hour an area the size of two football pitches is destroyed.

Scientists from Swansea University believe the habitats need to be protected otherwise fishing stocks could be affected.

Lead researcher Dr Richard Unsworth told BBC Radio Wales that more sensitive boat mooring could help.

  • 12 Aug 2014
  • From the section Wales
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