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Wetlander's Pick of the PostsIncreased Eelgrass in Long Island Sound is Good News for Fish and Wildlife

Contact: Robert Burg – EPA – December 12, 2013
Between 2009 and 2012, eelgrass, an underwater plant that forms meadows that are ecologically important for fish and shellfish, increased by 4.5 percent in Long Island Sound, according to a recently released report by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

The USFWS National Wetlands Inventory Program assessed 2012 aerial photography for eelgrass at 17 coves, embayments, harbors, and other locations in Connecticut and New York. In total, healthy beds of eelgrass covered an area of 2,061 acres. This compares to 1,980 acres of eelgrass from a 2009 survey. Eelgrass beds increased in 13 of 16 locations, while three showed a decrease. A site in the Connecticut River that was previously found to have a low density 2.1 acre eelgrass bed was not included in the 2012 survey results because it could not be verified with the imagery. For full news release, click here.

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