This study conducted breeding of S. vachellianum from wild populations in order to produce seedlings on artificial reeds, and aid restoration of natural S. vachellianum beds.
Site Selection Criteria:
Selected sites were areas that had previously been assessed to have a moderately degraded S. vachellianum ecosystem.
Cause Of Decline:
Approximately 12,000km2 of seaweed beds was lost worldwide between 1985 and 1995. In addition, nine species of Fucales disappeared in the Albères Coast (France, NW Mediterranean) from the end of 19th century to 2005. Most of these losses probably occurred due to various human activities (trawling, anchoring, bomb blasts) and intensive grazing by herbivorous animals. Assessment of the health of the S. vachellianum ecosystem in Gouqi Island in 2011 indicated a moderate level of degradation.
Studies on breeding of Sargassum vachellianum on artificial reefs in Gouqi Island, China
Aquaculture, Vol. 424.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aquaculture.2013.12.038