|More than 200 volunteers assisted in the 2014 Morro Bay Eelgrass Recovery project. Photo courtesy of Morro Bay National Estuary Program|
It may sound a little gross, but eelgrass is an important part of the coastal ecosystem of central California’s Morro Bay. “Maintaining Morro Bay’s eelgrass beds into the future is vital not only for Morro Bay’s resident fish and wildlife, but for migratory species like brant as well,” says the Service’s Mary Root. People, too. Eelgrass improves water clarity and quality, filters polluted runoff, absorbs excess nutrients and stores carbon dioxide.Together with the Morro Bay National Estuary Program and other conservation partners, we are helping restore eelgrass to Morro Bay.