Being greeted by Danny, the CEO and founder of the Seawilding project, along with team members Will and Philip, it quickly became clear how much passion they have for their project, which I found truly inspiring. In just a few minutes of introduction we were able to learn so much about their reasons for doing what they do and their vision for the future of the project, their dedication to the cause evident when they spoke.
Loch Craignish, where Seawilding is based, has been victim to overfishing and a seabed that has been completely destroyed by dredging of the sea floor. What was once an area teeming with a huge variety of marine life has been left almost barren. This is by no means unique to Loch Craignish as across the globe, 92% of seagrass has been destroyed, leaving a detrimental trail of destruction for future generations to address.
Seawilding is a community led project that is trying to reverse these years of damage and restore the lost biodiversity the Scottish waters were once home to. In identifying the benefits of both seagrass and native oyster restoration, Danny and his team are in the early stages of an exciting journey that could have huge ramifications for Loch Craignish and much further afield.