Mowing the grass in your front or back yard may be on your ‘to do’ list, but Mississippi’s delicate seagrass beds don’t need any trimming.
Boaters along the Gulf coast are asked to be particularly careful in shallow areas, so that their propellers don’t damage or destroy these underwater grass beds.
Seagrass helps hold the seafloor in place, particularly during strong waves and storms. These areas are home to shrimp and blue crabs, and are feeding areas for redfish, speckled trout, mullet and many other fish. Healthy seagrass beds support recreational and commercial fishing—multi-million dollar industries in Mississippi.
Public Service Announcements
During summer 2014, a radio campaign was launched on Mississippi Gulf coast radio stations to increase boater awareness of the importance of raising boat propellers in shallow locations to avoid entanglements with seagrass. Funding for the campaign was through the Coastal Impact Assistance Program.