DV-12-05 Restoring eelgrass by planting seeds: a novel experimental method

George Kidder III
Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory
Box 35, Old Bar Harbor Road
Salisbury Cove, ME 04672
207.288.9880 x421

Eelgrass is a valued component of shallow-water estuaries that provides habitat for many species, including juvenile mussels and fish, and maintains clean water. Eelgrass beds are in decline in many areas for various and unknown reasons. In upper Frenchman Bay, eelgrass declined from 85% to less than one percent since 1996. A community-based restoration effort began in 2007.