Sequim scientists work to restore eelgrass in Puget Sound – PDN


Many of us on the Peninsula are helping to protect and better understand eel grass. In Port Townsend, the local Marine Resources Committee (of which I currently am chair) has been managing the Eelgrass Protection Buoys, helping boaters understand the right spot to anchor to protect the remaining eel grass, which is home to all sorts of underwater life. There’s a lot left to know about restoring it.

Local scientists are lending their expertise to offset the global decline of seagrass by studying and restoring eelgrass throughout Puget Sound. To help address this decline, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine Sciences Lab in Sequim are working with the state on restoring eelgrass throughout the Puget Sound…. Eelgrass is recognized by the Puget Sound Partnership as both critical habitat and a vital sign of Puget Sound because changes in its abundance or distribution reflect changes in environmental conditions. Alana Lineroth reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20160201/NEWS/302019992/sequim-scientists-work-to-restore-eelgrass-in-puget-sound

2 Responses

  1. Let’s hear more about
    ” helping boaters understand the right spot to anchor to protect the remaining [habitat of choice], which is home to all sorts of underwater life. There’s a lot left to know about restoring it.”

    Paul Allen’s yacht recently destroyed a swath of coral reef in the Cayman Islands due to anchor rode dragging – unintentionally I’m sure. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/billionaire-paul-allen-yacht-wrecks-coral-reef_us_56abfcd3e4b077d4fe8e3895

    Overhead non-point pollution/damages too –
    the Navy (growlers) and Army (helicopters) cannot dismiss the ocean acidification that would result from the increased frequency and flight time over the Olympic Peninsula and its neighboring tidelands.
    Fuel soils…

    • Perhaps the Cayman Island people should look into the work Jefferson County has done to put buoys up alerting boaters to the eel grass protection zone.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: