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Marina World FROM THE EDITOR HEAD OFFICE MAILING ADDRESS & SUBSCRIPTION ENQUIRIES Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, UK Editor Carol Fulford T: +44 (0) 1945 881018 E: Deputy Editor Charlotte Niemiec T: +44 (0) 1945 881018 Advertisement/Commercial Director Julia Hallam T: +44 (0) 1621855 890 E: Administration Manager Corinna Francis T: +44 (0) 1621855 890 E: Finance Manager Magdalena Charman T: +44 (0) 1403 733678 E: Advertisement Production Nick Hing T: +44 (0) 1323 490384 E: NORTH AMERICAN OFFICE Sales Director Americas Philippe Critot PO Box 29759, Los Angeles, CA 90029-0759, USA T: +1 323 660 5459 F: +1 323 660 6030 E: FRENCH OFFICE Publisher’s Representative Catherine Métais T: +33 6 60 17 75 81 E: ITALIAN OFFICE Advertisement Representative Ediconsult Internazionale srl piazza Fontane Marose 3, 16123 Genoa, Italy T: +39 010 583 684 F: +39 010 566 578 E: ASIA PACIFIC OFFICE Publisher’s Representative Suzanna Kovacevic T: +61 438 22 46 09 E: Marina World (ISSN 1471-5856) is published bi-monthly by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd, School Farm, School Road, Terrington St. John, Cambridgeshire PE14 7SJ, United Kingdom. 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Printed in the UK by Stephens & George Natural protection Designing marinas that are in harmony with their natural surroundings – a PIANC RecCom Working with Nature initiative and a subject for independent research by RecCom member Gosse de Boer (p.38) – enhances the marina environment and also helps to preserve crucial marine ecosystems. But when we hear of the threat to mangrove forests, salt marshes, seagrass meadows, mudflats and coral reefs do we really know why they should be protected? All are feeding and breeding grounds for varied marine species, but they also offer us far more. As well as conjuring up beautiful underwater images and acting as an economic mainstay for many communities (it is estimated that the total annual worldwide earnings from coral reefs is some US.8 billion) a coral reef is a natural breakwater. Reefs occupy less than 0.2% of the seabed but they run along more than 150,000km (93,206mi) of coastline in massive formations between the surface and the first few tens of meters of water depth. This means they effectively absorb elements from the ocean, absorb wave energy and reduce coastal erosion. They reduce the damage caused by storms, hurricanes and even tsunamis and, by so doing, protect the ecosystem located between the reef and the coast where valuable seagrass grows. Mangrove forests, an as-yet relatively untapped tourism opportunity, perform a similar role in protecting the coastline. Their dense root systems trap sediments flowing down rivers and off the land to stabilise and prevent erosion from waves and storms. In areas where mangroves have been cleared, coastal damage from hurricanes and typhoons is much more severe and, by filtering out sediments, the forest protects seagrass meadows from being smothered. Seagrasses are flowering plants with bright green leaves that live in sheltered areas along the coast. Full of life and host to many animals, they occupy 0.1% of the seabed but are responsible for 11% of the organic carbon buried in the ocean. Seagrass meadows, mangroves and coastal wetlands capture carbon at a rate greater than that of tropical forests. Like mangroves, salt marshes are intertidal communities of plants. They filter nutrients and sediments, reduce erosion, maintain water quality and act as a carbon sink. Likewise, the barren mudflat, formed of mud deposited by tides or rivers, protects the inland landforms from erosion by acting as a barrier to waves. (There are also tourism opportunities – mudflat hiking). Scientists are working to save endangered coral and outcomes are mostly optimistic, but loss of seagrass, mangroves and salt marshes is of concern. Mudflats around the world are in danger of destruction and under extreme threat from coastal development activity. The loss of the tidal flats will make coastal areas vulnerable to erosion and flooding. Preserving, restoring or regenerating any of these should surely be a priority. © 2019 Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd Views expressed by individual contributors in this issue are not necessarily those of Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. Equally, the inclusion of advertisements in this magazine does not constitute endorsement of the companies, products and services concerned by Loud & Clear Publishing Ltd. The publisher reserves the right to refuse advertising. Carol Fulford Editor • • • • • • • • - March/April 2019 5

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