Subtidal Eelgrass Declines in the Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire and Maine, USA
Long-term monitoring of eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) beds in the central subtidal portion of the Great Bay Estuary showed declines at both transplanted sites and reference beds. Eelgrass beds transplanted as mitigation for habitat loss from port development reached comparable functions (e.g., primary production, canopy structure) to natural reference sites by the late 1990s, within 6 years of transplanting. Data from 2001 to the present show significant declines in eelgrass parameters (biomass, shoot density, canopy height, leaf area) at all sites, suggesting that these declines are the result of an estuary-wide factor.
Estuaries and Coasts
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Beem, N.T. and F.T. Short. 2008. Subtidal eelgrass declines in the Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire and Maine, USA. Estuaries and Coasts 32:202-205.