World Seagrass Day

by Gazette Reporter
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To celebrate World Seagrass Day, students of Ardscoil La Salle, Raheny joined the Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland to launch a new poster on the ‘Seaweeds and Seagrasses from North Bull Island’.  

The Lord Mayor said “The city’s young people have demonstrated their desire to help protect their environment and ensure that ways to mitigate climate change and reduce environmental pollution are safeguarded. Therefore, this educational resource that illustrates both the importance and the fragility of the seagrass and seaweed species that we have here in Dublin is welcomed. I am particularly delighted to see the children enjoying a hands-on experience on Dollymount Strand.”

Pictured is Rita Hagan, Research Assistant Olive Angulu 12 and Natalia Brodzisz, 13, from Ardscoil La Salle, Raheny, than many rainforests. They are also essential, therefore, for human health. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography.

The poster is an educational resource (primary to tertiary level) which illustrates the variety of macrophytes (seagrasses and seaweeds)) that are found at North Bull Island2.  Marine macrophytes are a vital part of coastal marine ecosystems as they provide food, habitats and nursery areas for a range of fish and invertebrate species and help prevent coastal erosion, reduce environmental pollution, and provide greater carbon sequestration potential4 than many rainforests. They are also essential, therefore, for human health. 

The City Biodiversity Officer, Lorraine Bull said “as part of our City Biodiversity Action Plan3 we are supporting research by NUI, Galway on macrophytes in Dublin Bay. Dublin Bay has a particular significance as a UNESCO Biosphere so we are delighted that this educational poster has been launched today and can be used by visitors to our nature reserve”

The authors of the poster are Dr Liam Morrison, Rita Hagan, Professor Michael Guiry, and Dr Ricardo Bermejo from NUI Galway’s Earth and Ocean Sciences.

Launch of poster on the seagrasses and seaweeds from North Bull Island. Pictured is Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland with Olive Angulu 12 and Kailen Kelly, 12, from Ardscoil La Salle, Raheny,

The poster’s illustrator is Dr Vanessa Gonzalez Ortiz, who has produced marine flora and fauna illustrations for a variety of scientific publications.

Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography

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