2017 - Grant Awarded - £600

Dive into Monitoring: Seagrass 2017

One of the largest underwater seagrass (Zostera marina) beds in the UK is found in the shallow waters of Porthdinllaen, North Wales, within the Pen Llŷn a'r Sarnau Special Area of Conservation (SAC). However, there are various environmental and human impacts affecting this fragile habitat. The 'Dive into Monitoring: Seagrass 2017' project will kick-start a long-term monitoring programme for local volunteer divers to contribute their observations of the health of the Porthdinllaen seagrass bed. The project will run by Seasearch North Wales and funded by Sea-Changers. Divers will first re-visit locations and develop trial methods from initial seagrass surveys undertaken by volunteers and Natural Resources Wales between 2007 and 2012. The information gathered will inform the selection of specific monitoring locations, so the health of the seagrass bed can be monitored over time. The Seagrass 2017 project will provide an evidence base to support effective protection and management of the seagrass in the future, and fit within a larger Porthdinllaen Seagrass Project run by Pen Llŷn a'r Sarnau SAC. At the end of the 2017 project, the resulting methods and equipment will be advertised and made available to keen local dive groups to continue monitoring the bed in future.

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