Collaborative research is uncovering the secrets of coastal seagrass beds to help keep them healthy Sarah Joy Bittick Canadian GeographicPublished: October 30, 2019 Full Article Here> People Benefit From Seagrass Meadows All people living on the coasts of Canada have a close relationship with seagrasses, even if it’s not immediately apparent Read more…
Marine biologist Dr. Kristina Boerder explains that Eastern Shore marine ecosystems and salt marshes are providing “important ecosystem services” that benefit humans and nature.
- Protection from coastal erosion
- Providing important habitat for a multitude of species
- Benefiting local fisheries
- Acting as important carbon sinks (absorbing & storing carbon dioxide)
- Providing breeding and nursery habitat for terrestrial, near-shore, and migratory birds
- Providing “shelter, foraging, and breeding habitat for marine invertebrates, such as shrimp and crabs, and small fish”