Seagrass Beds in Crisis

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Alabama is losing sea grass beds at an alarming rate, according to researchers at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. A new aerial survey indicates that Mobile Bay lost nearly 1,400 acres of sea grass in recent years. That comes on top of significant grass losses over the last quarter century. Scientist Ken Heck tells WBHM’s Tanya Ott that while inland residents may think it doesn’t affect them, it does.

Ken Heck is a senior scientist with the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. He’s part of a group doing a global census of sea grasses. Their research shows that worldwide about a third of all sea grasses have disappeared.