Seagrasses worldwide have faced drastic declines over the past few decades due to a range of anthropogenic and climatic impacts. This is especially apparent in Southeast Asia where human pressures have grown with the burgeoning populations in many coastal zones. The Southeast Asian region has the highest diversity of seagrass species in the world but accurate and reliable estimates of seagrass cover and extent in this region are hampered by the paucity of long term monitoring data and freely available information. To encourage the sharing and publication of research and information on seagrass in the region, we are pleased to announce a Special Issue of Botanica Marina to usher in the World Seagrass Conference and 13th International Seagrass Biology Workshop to be held in Singapore from 11 to 17 June, 2018.
We thank all the authors for their submissions for this Special Issue. The full issue (Volume 61, Issue 3) is currently out online and in print. Free access to all articles in the special issue was made available to all during the conference period.
Managing guest editors:
Dr. Siti Maryam Yaakub
Senior Marine Ecologist
DHI Water & Environment, Singapore
Dr. Pimchanok Buapet
Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
Dr. Jillian Ooi Lean Sim
University of Malaya, Malaysia
Dr. Richard Unsworth
Swansea University, United Kingdom