Friday, August 23, 2013

Volunteers Help Restore Estuary

Ninety volunteers are at work this week planting as many as 12,000 bundles of eelgrass in Morro Bay

The goal of the effort is to restore eelgrass habitat that has been dramatically reduced in recent years, said 
Adrienne Harris, executive director of the Morro Bay National Estuary Program.

Divers gathered the eelgrass from a donor site near Coleman Park and volunteers on the beach sorted the eelgrass into small bundles. The grass was then replanted at strategic locations throughout the bay...

Eelgrass is a vital component of the bay’s ecosystem. It creates habitat for many forms of sea life and is an important food source for black brant geese that use the bay as a migratory stopping point to and from Canada.

This is the second year eelgrass has been transplanted. Last year, volunteers transplanted grass to 21 plots, 11 of which are showing new growth.

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