Benefits and importance of seagrass ecosystem
Seagrasses are producers in the seagrass ecosystem which its structure is complex, appropriate for various organisms’ habitats, nursery grounds, shelters, and refuges, especially fish, shrimps and crabs as well as the large organisms such as sea turtles and dugongs, which depend their life on seagrass ecosystem. Seagrass ecosystem is as a connector that links between mangroves and coral reefs. Their linkage provides the relationships among these ecosystems in terms of fishery resources and nutrient circulation. Seagrasses are important fishery sources, so fishers and communities can consume and sell the marine organisms caught from seagrass beds. Seagrass beds help reduce intensity of water current and the coastal erosion problems. The structure of seagrass can also reduce sediment dispersion and help the sedimentation of organic matter and sediment. Besides, they can filter the wastes and enhance nutrient circulation and accumulation in the ecosystem.