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New study provides global analysis of seagrass extinction risk
Date:5/25/2011

er Chesapeake Bay. Orth notes, however, that most of these speciesincluding eelgrassare declining in their area of coverage. (Data from VIMS' annual aerial survey shows that eelgrass is absent from one-half of its former range and continues to decline in the areas where it remains).

Orth says that eelgrass was listed as a species of least concerndespite severe declines in Chesapeake Bay, San Francisco Bay, and other parts of its rangebecause it is still widespread elsewhere and thrives in less developed and clear-water areas. He cites his team's successful efforts to replant eelgrass in the seaside bays of Virginia's Eastern Shore as evidence of the species' ability to rebound quickly given clear and cool water.

VIMS scientists have been restoring eelgrass to Virginia's seaside bays since 1997. Their efforts have resulted in the largest and most successful seagrass restoration project in the world, with 38 million eelgrass seeds broadcast onto 309 acres during the last decade. As of 2010, these restored sites have spread naturally to more than 4,200 acres.


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Contact: David Malmquist
davem@vims.edu
804-684-7011
Virginia Institute of Marine Science
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