A research project of Plymouth Aquarium on sea grass and sea horses has received 475000 pounds funding from Heritage Lottery Fund. The grant is given for completing a citizen science project on marine species. National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth will conduct comprehensive research study on sea grass ecosystems and other marine creatures. Their community sea grass initiative will cover 191 mile coastal area from Looe to Weymouth. Plymouth aquarium authorities sought the help of sailors, divers, students and internet citizens for successful completion of the project. An expert team led by Aquarium director is working closely with local community throughout the project period. Aquarium at Plymouth is equipped with sophisticated equipments and lighting solutions. It gives research students a chance to master specialties of various sea grass varieties at close range.
Proposed research project under the aegis of National Marine Aquarium will enable project team members to get a better understanding of native seahorse species especially its England varieties Spiny Seahorse and Short Snouted Seahorse. This marine aquarium’s research project will focus on coastal development, conservation of near extinct marine species, and diseases affecting sea creatures. Broad range of individuals and civil society groups will become an integral part of sea grass initiative very soon. Managing Director of Plymouth Aquarium is extremely delighted in receiving funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and he hopes that it will give them a valuable opportunity to showcase their capability. As scientific community’s current knowledge about sea grass is meager, research by Plymouth aquarium gains special significance.