WHOI Sea Grant commits $1.7 million to advancing research in coastal and marine science – one of the five projects is led by MassBays to explore new methods to restore eelgrass.

Restoring Eelgrass: Identifying best practices for a seed-based approach:

Seagrass plays a critical role in coastal marine environments, like providing fish a nursery habitat. Its significant decline across Massachusetts has been caused by poor water quality. Seagrass can be restored, especially as the state invests in water quality improvements. Researchers Jill Carr (MassBays National Estuary Partnership at UMass Boston), Forest Schenck (MA Division of Marine Fisheries), and Alison Frye (Salem Sound Coastwatch) will test and identify best practices for planting eelgrass (Zostera marina) meadows using seeds, enabling large-scale restoration efforts across the state.