Protecting and Restoring the Morro Bay Estuary.
March 5, 2015

Eelgrass Update

Eelgrass beds are important in bays and estuaries throughout the world. Eelgrass (Zostera marina) stabilizes sediment, filters toxins, and takes up nutrients, heavy metals, and CO2. Healthy eelgrass is an indicator of good water quality.   Eelgrass also provides habitat for and food for the estuary’s animals such as the California sea hare, sea slugs, Brandt geese, various types of fish, and many other species. Eelgrass is sensitive to changes in the environment—both natural ones, and those caused by people—and almost 97% of the eelgrass in Morro Bay has been lost since 2007. Migratory waterfowl populations, fisheries, and other species …

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