Did You Know:
- Marine biodiversity sequesters CO2 from the atmosphere, stores it for generations if left undisturbed.
- Phytoplankton, sea grass & salt marsh are primary producers for storing Co2 & are allies to the fight against climate change.
- Seagrass captures Co2 up to 35 times faster than a tropical rainforest. Accounting for up to 10 – 18% of carbon storage despite covering 0.1% sea floor.
- There are 3 different ways in which fish contribute to the ocean carbon cycle.
- The first is that fish in all shapes & sizes store carbon which is huge considering the amount of fish.
- Their carcasses deliver carbon to deeper water once they sink.
- Their faeces stores carbon when it sinks to deeper parts of the ocean.
- Fish migrate vertically & feed on carbon rich food, eating carbon storing plants.
- The great whales of the ocean store 33 tonnes of Co2.
- We need to manage our fisheries, not just by population, but by their impact on the ecosystem from carbon, to the climate, to their impact on the seabed.
- Everything in the sea we can consider as our climate ally.
What You Can Do:
- Follow Fair Seas Ireland for updates on the proposed legislation on Marine Protected Areas.
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