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The Environment

Seagrass may be all prevalent in many popular anchorages but that does not make it invincible

When a yacht drops anchor in a seagrass meadow and leaves a divot, or an outboard motor propeller makes a scar, how long does it take for the seagrass to grow back? A lot longer than you probably think. Neptune grass in the Mediterranean, turtle grass in the Caribbean and similar species around the world are the redwoods and oaks of marine ecology: they’re extremely slow-growing and can live for thousands of years.

When damaged, they take decades to recover – or they might never grow back at all. However, they can be restored and 11th Hour Racing is funding some groundbreaking work in this field. Read on.