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 … Read More

Recent Publications

Recovery of Eelgrass Zostera marina Following Conversion of Conventional Chain Moorings to Conservation Mooring Systems in Massachusetts: Context-Dependence, Challenges, and Management Seto, I., Evans, N.T., Carr, J. et al.  Estuaries and Coasts (2024). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12237-023-01322-7 Abstract: Eelgrass (Zostera marina) meadows and boat mooring fields co-occur in nearshore, relatively sheltered embayments. Traditional chain moorings create denuded scars in eelgrass meadows due to repeated and chronic scour … Read More

The Mystic River Watershed Urban Waters Federal Partnership & Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Partnership is one of the six chosen locations to participate in inaugural Artist-in-Residence program program.

On January 30, 2024, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox announced EPA’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence Program in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts at Healing, Bridging, Thriving: A Summit on Arts and Culture in our Communities. The summit was co-hosted by the White House and National Endowment for the Arts to recognize the profound impact … Read More

Request for Responses – 2024 Healthy Estuaries Grant

PROPOSALS SOUGHT FOR: Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Partnership (MassBays), Center within the School for Environment at the University of Massachusetts Boston is soliciting proposals under the FY24 MassBays Healthy Estuaries Grant Program for projects that will advance the implementation of MassBays’ Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). Through the Healthy Estuaries Grant Program, MassBays will provide funding and technical support … Read More