Dalhousie marine biologist calls sensitive eel grass at Owls Head ‘treasure’
Kristina Boerder says development would likely cause negative consequences on surrounding aquatic vegetation and marine life
Kristina Boerder completed work in the area last summer and says the rare eel grass beds at Owls Head are more effective at trapping carbon than forests on land. She says about one acre of eel grass can store about 330 kilograms of carbon per year.
“This is about as much as a car travelling from Halifax to Vancouver would emit in carbon,” she says. “The function of eel grass beds trapping carbon is incredibly important if we talk about climate change and a warming planet.”
She says it also benefits humans and the environment by protecting the coast from erosion and improving water quality.
“It’s one of the most productive ecosystems in the world,” she says. “A square metre produces about 10 litres of oxygen per day, and really benefits everybody.”(more…)