A recent study worked to quantify seagrass’s ability to minimize erosion in the shallow water of Lac Bay, Bonaire. In addition, this study examined how intensive grazing can drastically affect seagrass’s ability to stabilize sediment. This research highlights the benefits of native seagrass over invasive species and the need to match conservation efforts of grazers (i.e. turtles) with the habitats (i.e. seagrass fields) on which they depend.
Seagrass fields play an important role in shallow water environments. These fields are important feeding and nursery grounds for a variety of species, provide natural water filters and serve as a buffer