Without seagrass, we would lose a fifth of our fisheries.1 Eelgrass is a species of seagrass that along with coastal kelp are threatened by human activity and climate change. Scientists estimate that kelp and seagrasses2:

  • capture 83 million metric tons of carbon per year;
  • one square meter of seagrass can generate 10 liters of oxygen each day; and
  • one acre of healthy seagrass can sustain 40,000 fish and tens of millions of small invertebrates
  • counter ocean acidification and nitrification.

We supported a high impact remediation effort for eelgrass restoration that achieved the following:

  • Restored eelgrass populations to pre-disturbance conditions of the 1930s. Grew 16 fold.
  • Measured the effect of eelgrass beds on biodiversity, adding to the growing body of research.
  • Enhanced knowledge on increasing the success rates of eelgrass remediation. Eelgrass restoration is more successful with the presence of sea otters, and when it is planted in the right conditions, with light availability and current flow. Results here and handbook here.

Press about it here.

1 http://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2018/05/without-seagrass-wed-lose-one-fifth-of-our-biggest-fisheries/
2 http://www.alertdiver.com/Leaves-of-grass

The Anthropocene Institute also supported aquaculture and restoration of native Olympia oysters in the Elkhorn Slough by Prof. Kerstin Wasson, since they had failed to reproduce. The final report can be found here.

Press: UC Santa Cruz News , KION News Report , Santa Cruz Sentinel, NPR- kazu