The project

Great Little Bay St Martins Isles of Scilly. Credit BareFoot Photographer
Great Little Bay St Martins Isles of Scilly. Credit BareFoot Photographer

LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES is a £2.5 million, four-year marine conservation partnership project to Save Our Seabed at five Special Areas of Conservation in Southern England.

ReMEDIES stands for Reducing and Mitigating Erosion and Disturbance Impacts affEcting the Seabed.

The seabed is a vast, mostly hidden landscape and few people know about its sensitive features, their location, and importance.

On a healthy seabed, vital habitats like seagrass can flourish, which provide nursery grounds for young fish - including many commercially important species such as pollock, plaice and herring – offer food and shelter for protected creatures, help to reduce coastal erosion, clean surrounding seawater, and capture and store carbon.

Why is ReMEDIES needed?

Spiny Seahorse. Credit Georgie Bull
Spiny Seahorse. Credit Georgie Bull

We need a clean and healthy Ocean. The Ocean provides more than 50 per cent of our oxygen and is crucial for our survival.

Few people know about the seabed’s sensitive features, their location, and importance.

Large areas of the seabed within the five SACs of the ReMEDIES project are currently in an unfavourable condition.

Recreational activities in the Ocean are increasing, which can increase the pressure on sensitive habitats.

Seagrass and Maerl are easily damaged by disturbance from recreational activities.

Maerl beds are slow to grow, very fragile and do not recover from damage

There has been a significant long-term reduction in seagrass extent and quality. Seagrass is now present in only half of the areas of the UK where it was once recorded.