Fulfilling our mission to protect and restore the Morro Bay estuary for people and animals requires a lot of hard work in the field. At the Estuary Program, that often means spending time doing research and monitoring work out on the water. Read on to see the progress that our staff and volunteers have made in our eelgrass work during February of 2018.
Our field highlight for February was preparing for and executing our third, small-scale eelgrass restoration. We completed two in 2017—one in March and one in July. Eelgrass was harvested from the healthy bed at Coleman Beach and transplanted into two locations in the forebay and midbay. Check out our July blog post for an overview of how we do this.
Based on the success of those efforts, we decided to continue planting at our original location in the Forebay, near channel marker 18, and to try four new locations, extending throughout the mid and back bay.
Weather depending, we will be repeating this effort again at the end of March at three new locations in the bay. Check back in next month for more information about this planting effort. In the meantime, here are some photos from the week.
This effort was only possible with the help of the volunteers, who stayed with us through strong winds, rain and cold water. These volunteers included some of our existing water quality and bacteria volunteers, CalPoly faculty and students, AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project members as well as some new faces. Also thanks to Morro Bay Oyster Company for giving us boat rides out to our transplanting sites!
Thanks for all your hard work!