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The world of seaplants is a group of interrelated communities... each has a different focus. At one extreme we have communities with a completely financial interest. At the other extreme there are communities with a purely intellectual or aesthetic interest. Communities tend to revolve around discipline, environmental influences and uses. Most people belong to more than one community of interest (e.g. one discipline, at least one usage area and environmental impacts). Click on the hotlinks below to gain access to community links.

   
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Environment, Society, and Art
 
Seaplants are essential to life as we know it

      Seaplants, big and small (phytoplankton and macrophytes) represent a major proportion of the biomass of photosynthesizing organisms that provides the essential oxygen in the air that we breath and that consumes gases such as carbon dioxide that are toxic to us in high doses.
      Seaplants provide the basis for all of the oceans' production of living organisms including the fish, shellfish and other animals that much of humanity depends on for food.
      Seaplants such as the mangroves and sea grasses stabilize the shorelines of our land masses and provide habitat for many of the seafood species that we depend on.
      Seaplants have a multitude of direct and derived uses that benefit humanity in our role as primary users of seaplants and seaplant products.
The importance of seaplants to global ecosystems is such that members of all seaplant communities must take a serious interest in seaplant environmentalism. The SEAPlant.Net Seaplant Environmentalist Community is being developed as an information source for those of us with environmental concerns and also serves as a neutral forum where facts can be presented, issues can be aired and reasoned dialogues can take place among people with different views.

Seaplants are fascinating subjects for artistic and scientific study. Phycology, the scientific study of seaplants, is an intellectual pursuit that goes beyond simply being useful. It is a rewarding field of endeavour in its own right. We seaplant people realise that these marvelous photosynthesising organisms are essential to global ecosystems and are even largely responsible for providing us with the breath of life. This realisation gives added impetus to our study of how they function.

Along with the study of phycology comes the appreciation of the aesthetic aspects of seaplants. Most people who have collected seaplants and mounted them on herbarium paper have proudly framed mounts of especially attractive seaplants and have placed them on our walls, or we have mounted seaplants in plastic to create three-dimensional examples of seaplant art. Some artists have gone beyond this to create works of art that incorporate seaplants as a medium.

Another area of seaplant art that is worthy of note is the field of photography. We have all seen awesome pictures of kelp forests and photos of shorelines that exhibit the subtle hues of seaweeds in the intertidal zone.

The SEAPlant.Net Associates who create the content of this site are all seaweed scientists and/or artists. It is one of our major missions that we develop the site as a comprehensive source of literature, information and works of art that pertain to seaplants. In doing so we do not seek to replace, but rather to complement sites that are pursuing similar mission, one notable example being the Seaweed Site of Dr. Michael Guiry where a wealth of information and photographs can be seen and experienced.

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from the EAI-BDS project of AusAID and from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH.

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