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Help our Habitat Team restore eelgrass meadows by weaving living eelgrass shoots into burlap “tortillas” for transplanting!

Members of the Sag Harbor community have come together to support the establishment of a new Back to the Bays Stewardship Site in support of water quality and habitat improvement in local waters and we need your help!

With funding support from the community, CCE Marine Program will be hosting a Marine Meadows Workshop on 10/21/23 at Havens Beach where we will be bringing adult eelgrass shoots to shore for processing into our biodegradable burlap planting units. Once stocked, these eelgrass “tortillas” will be planted at our restoration sites by CCE Marine’s Dive Team where they will provide essential habitat for finfish and shellfish, help improve water quality and coastal resiliency of our shorelines. All are welcome, but activity is best suited for those aged 12 . Refreshments complimentary of Grindstone Donuts will be
provided.

This Marine Meadows Workshop is just the first in a series of efforts that funds are being raised for. Learn more about our Sag Harbor Stewardship Fund goals
here:
https://backtothebays.org/sag-harbor-stewardship-site

About CCE’s Marine Meadows Program: The main purpose of the CCE Eelgrass Program is to restore and monitor eelgrass, our dominant local seagrass species. Eelgrass meadows provide essential habitat for
many species of finfish and shellfish during part or all stages of life. Due to the structure and protection they provide, eelgrass meadows are the most biodiverse marine habitats in our region. These meadows also help to prevent or lessen erosion from storm events and help control turbidity by slowing currents and settling particulates from the water column. Eelgrass meadows also capture excess nutrients, such as nitrogen, and sequester carbon to combat ocean acidification and climate change. Unfortunately, eelgrass populations have
declined dramatically over the past 75 years due to many reasons, and without our help, will not likely make a comeback in the near future as there are no ready sources of propagules (seeds or adult shoots) to naturally vegetate these areas. This situation is called propagule limitation and it is the basis for our restoration work. The more seeding and planting we can do, the better the outcome for our local marine meadows, so we encourage you to get involved by participating in our workshops and contributing to these important efforts. 

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