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

Eelgrass Mapping Results – BC Island Tides News

I sign up for the BC “Island Tides” newsletter, from the Gulf Islands. It often has very interesting articles. This month, they cover eelgrass mapping, something we are also involved with here. Ellgrass beds are fundamental habitat to juvenile fish and other species. We have been involved in Jefferson County in protecting the ell grass beds from having boaters anchor in them.

Environmental scientists took to the waters last fall for the second year of a three year initiative to map eelgrass in the Islands Trust area. The study will provide baseline information that marine scientists and conservation organizations can use to monitor marine habitats of the Salish Sea. The project’s partners—the Islands Trust Fund, SeaChange Conservation Society, and Seagrass Conservation Working Group—released the results of that mapping this week.

http://islandtides.com/assets/IslandTides.pdf

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