Unique Falmouth Harbour Trials for the Seavive Seagrass Pod

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September 7th

A unique experiment to boost restoration efforts of the wonder-plant seagrass for use in marine regeneration projects has reached a crucial stage in its trials within Falmouth Harbour.

The hot-housing “Seavive Pod”, designed and now modified by Bournemouth University student Alex Croasdell, has been found to successfully rot down seagrass seedpods to nurture the release of seeds so that they can be used in projects to replenish and renew seagrass beds, potentially around the world.

Seagrass is vital for marine life which depends on its meadows for food and shelter and to the health of seas and the environment as it captures carbon more effectively than tropical rainforests.

Yet a study by University College London estimates at least 44% per cent of the UK’s seagrass has been lost since 1936 with pollution, mining, and farming as well as dredging, bottom trawling, water quality, anchoring and coastal development all contributing to the decline.

Alex’s latest Seavive design, 3D printed by Niall Jones using recycled plastic, is now suspended below the Falmouth Haven pontoons for ease of access and contains seagrass seed pods harvested from the Flushing seagrass bed – with necessary permissions gained by Falmouth Harbour from Natural England.

Seavive has been backed by a partnership including Falmouth Harbour, Falmouth-based GAC UK and marine restoration charity Our Only World and Alex says, “I’d like to thank everyone who has helped fund and develop this project. I hope these pods can help preserve and bring back our lost seagrass meadows which are so vital for our ecosystem and coast lines”.

Our Only World is a Cornwall-based charity on a mission to help restore the oceans and Founder Tina Robinson says, “It’s fantastic to be involved in this project. Here at Our Only World, we are all passionate about seagrass regeneration and we wish the project great success – we will be following its progress closely.”

David Thorburn (UK Agency Operations Manager) from GAC UK adds, “We’re very excited to be part of this seagrass restoration project with Falmouth Harbour and Our Only World. We’ve recently opened our latest Ship Agency branch in Falmouth and feel it’s vital to give back to the local community. Our support of the seagrass restoration project reflects both GAC UK and GAC Group’s commitment to sustainability. Both strategies are built on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, one of which is Life Below Water.”

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