Plants form a crucial part of the ecosystems in our rivers and oceans. However, if they are not carefully preserved, all of this vegetation will die out and leave the water on earth stale and stagnant. This is why the conservation of aquatic plants is vitally important.
One of the critical roles of plants which grow in water is to develop leaves and stems. These leaves and stems become an essential part of the life cycles of several different fish, amphibians, and reptiles. These underwater plants are the food source of most animals that live in the water. If left unprotected, the vegetation in rivers, estuaries, and the ocean, the likelihood is, that several species will succumb to starvation is inevitable.
Besides being the primary food source for many different animals, vegetation is also one of the best ways to introduce oxygen to the water. Plants engage a process in their cells known as photosynthesis to produce their energy. As a byproduct, the plants release oxygen into the water. Without plants and this constant stream of oxygen being released, it is unlikely that any life will be able to be sustained.
The preservation of water-loving plants is important because it forms a part of the habitats of most aquatic animals. This is definitely true, especially when it comes to the fish and animals in rivers. The leaves and fronds of this vegetation is a place where they hide from predators or find their food. Several species of fish and amphibians spawn their eggs in areas where there is dense vegetation.
Most experts also state that aquatic vegetation will help to reduce the amount of pollution that is present in a body of water. The bacteria, chemicals, and micro-organisms will stick to the surface of the plants. The plant will then work to metabolise those chemicals. This process not only helps to clear the water but to produce more nutrients which can be released into the water. The root systems will also help to anchor the river and prevent soil erosion.
It is essential that a conscious effort to conserve the plants that are present in our rivers, streams, and seas is made, to sustain planetary life forms, in general. All vegetation plays a crucial role in the lifecycles of fish and other water animals, but it also helps to keep these bodies of water clean and fresh.