Threats to Seagrass are Threats to Seafood

Threats to Seagrass are Threats to Seafood
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

EcoRI.org: A federally-funded scientific study on regional seagrass health recently released by The Nature Conservancy points to nitrogen pollution — from sewage and fertilizers — and warmer water temperatures as the killer threats to seagrasses throughout the coastal waters of southern New England.

Seagrass is vital habitat for fish and shellfish and is important for water quality.

The study, one component of The Nature Conservancy’s Regional Seagrass Initiative, highlights the need to control nitrogen pollution and protect seagrass throughout the region, specifically citing the importance of understanding and reducing nitrogen pollution from such sources as cesspools, septic systems, and the application of fertilizers for landscaping and agriculture.

Read more about threats to seagrass in southern New England.