— Carl LoBue, Conservancy Scientist
What happens when our underwater meadows vanish? One of the most important habitats underneath Long Island's beaches and bays is seagrass. Critical to the life cycle and development of shrimp, scallops, fish, and waterfowl, these meadows are teeming with life. Seagrass also filters pollution and guards against shoreline erosion by buffering the impacts of wave energy and storm surges. But in some areas, seagrass is disappearing at an alarming rate. Altered water quality, brown tide, coastal development, boat traffic, and harmful fishing practices are all to blame.
Without these extensive underwater prairies, this bountiful ecosystem faces a great challenge. “The future of our fisheries and our bays will be greatly influenced by the health of Long Island’s seagrass meadows,” said Carl LoBue, Site Director for The Nature Conservancy on Long Island.
The Nature Conservancy understands the importance of seagrass to the health of our beaches, bays, and local communities. That's why we are:
You can help restore our underwater meadows, too! Next time you're at the beach, remember to:
November 15, 2012