Reduce sewage pollution to protect Seagrass

Reduce sewage pollution to protect Seagrass

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Tara Jones started this petition to wastewater treatment plants and

Seagrass meadows are in decline, largely due to improperly treated wastewater entering the ocean, causing algal blooms, which can smother seagrass and be detrimental to their population.

We have lost over 70% of our seagrass around the UK coasts since 1930 and are continuing to decline rapidly if a change is not made.

Seagrass provides an incredibly important ecosystem, providing food and shelter for a large number of marine species, with nearly half of all vulnerable fish depending on seagrass meadows at a stage in their life cycle. They also store large amounts of carbon, storing up to 83 million tonnes per year. A 1km2 patch of seagrass can store 35x more carbon that a patch of rainforest of the same size. 

This petition will call for wastewater treatment plants to increase their standards of water cleaning to ensure that fewer nutrients are being put into the ocean that are causing eutrophication and leading to the loss of seagrass meadows.

 

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