The Importance of Eelgrass on Martha’s Vineyard

Eelgrass provides food and shelter for many types of small fish, crabs and shrimp, which in turn attract larger predators. Photo courtesy Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program

MVGazette.com: There is much ado over eelgrass. On the Vineyard the modest sea grass has brought dredging projects to a halt, thwarted would-be pier developers and has down-Island towns considering millions of dollars worth of sewering to restore water quality to a level amenable to the light-sensitive plant. Why all the fuss?

By some estimates, the world has lost two-thirds of its sea grass habitat due to coastal human pressures and is losing an additional seven per cent every year.

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