Scilly’s Seagrass Beds To Feature On Television

Kevin Cooke, who organises the seagrass surveys off our islands

Television viewers across the UK will get to see Scilly above and below the water tomorrow.

A BBC crew from the Coast programme has followed a team of divers who check the status of seagrass each year.

Seagrass is a nursery for commercially important crab and fish species and is an important habitat in its own right.

It also helps hold the sediment on the seabed together and prevent coastal erosion.

Kevin Cooke, who has organised the seagrass surveys since 1994, says the film crew followed all aspects of their work including travelling out to the islands and also lots of underwater footage, although Kevin isn’t sure how much footage will be shown on Coast tomorrow.

Kevin told us that in their 17 years of survey work, the team has noticed some worrying developments, most notably the marked reduction of seagrass in Old Grimsby Harbour, although in other areas the seagrass appears to be very healthy and stable.

The team are now building up enough data, along with other measurements such as water temperature, to give a good picture of this important underwater environment.

Coast will be shown on Sunday at 9pm on BBC2.