The ReMEDIES seagrass cultivation lab can be found within the National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, and is designed to grow seagrass plants from seed.
With 36 metre2 of growing space, fast flowing water and specialised, fully controlled lighting, we can grow plants ready to transplant into the seabed.
This lab sees the seeds through from collection to seedlings that are ready to be planted out onto the sea bed. Seeds are planted into hessian mats containing all the nutrients the seagrass needs to develop into strong, healthy plants.
We have times when there is masses of seagrass waiting to go out, times when there are hundreds of pillows, waiting for the seed they contain to grow and, most excitingly, times when there are lots of little seagrass shoots. These miniature plants are future seagrass meadows - habitats and carbon stores.
You can visit this facility at the National Marine Aquarium and see the tiny plants getting ready to re-join their wild counterparts. The Ocean Conservation Trust, based within the National Marine Aquarium, manages the seagrass lab as part of the ReMEDIES habitat restoration programme.
Find out more about visiting the National Marine Aquarium.