seagrass

noun
sea·​grass | \ ˈsē-ˌgras How to pronounce seagrass (audio) \

Definition of seagrass

: any of various submerged monocotyledonous plants (such as eelgrass, tape grass, and turtle grass) of tropical to temperate usually shallow coastal waters that have narrow grasslike leaves and often form dense underwater meadows

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Manatees are herbivores and mainly consume seagrasses and freshwater vegetation. Fox News, "Manatee shocks Florida man when it comes ashore to munch on grass," 28 July 2019 But the bay’s fish population plummeted after a huge die-off of seagrass in 2015, taking a bite out of Florida Keys fishing businesses such as Greco’s for the better part of two years. Kate Stein, Scientific American, "Climate Change Throws a Wrench in Everglades Restoration," 21 June 2019 Over the years, too little water has made Florida Bay’s seagrass vulnerable to drought. Jenny Staletovich, sun-sentinel.com, "New Study Says Everglades Water Is Harming Keys Corals. Not Everyone Agrees.," 28 July 2019 Three regions were particularly hard hit by warming waters, the study notes: coral reefs in the Caribbean, seagrass in Australia, and kelp forests off the coast of California. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Ocean heat waves are killing underwater life, threatening biodiversity," 4 Mar. 2019 Its sheer bulk chokes corals and seagrasses, traps turtles and turns beaches into a fetid mess. NBC News, "Scientists discover the world's biggest seaweed patch. They say it could be the 'new normal.'," 9 July 2019 In both 1987 and 2015, this feedback loop of decay ultimately affected more than 60 square miles of seagrass beds. Kate Stein, Scientific American, "Climate Change Throws a Wrench in Everglades Restoration," 21 June 2019 And mangroves are just one aspect of coastal ecosystems and economies—effective management will mean integration with seagrass systems, coral reefs and so on. The complexity is daunting. Adam Moolna, Quartz India, "How mangroves could protect us from storms like Cyclone Fani," 7 June 2019 Smale also worries that the loss of critical regions like coral reefs, seagrass beds, and kelp forests will only add more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Ocean heat waves are killing underwater life, threatening biodiversity," 4 Mar. 2019

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1578, in the meaning defined above

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