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Coffee with the Casco Baykeeper Eelgrass

Join us for Coffee with the Casco Baykeeper: Eelgrass

Join us on Thursday, April 25 for our last Coffee with the Casco Baykeeper event of the season. This time we’ll be talking about our eelgrass pilot project.

Like coral reefs, eelgrass meadows provide a variety of critical services for our oceans and planet:

Eelgrass meadows in Casco Bay declined in size by 54 percent between 2018-2022, a loss described as “staggering” by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in a January 2023 report. Many factors can contribute to loss of eelgrass. Nitrogen pollution is one of them, and unlike other contributing factors such as warming water temperatures, the amount of nitrogen in the Bay can be controlled at a local level. Photo credit: Steve Karpiak

• Nursery habitat for fish, lobster, horseshoe crabs, and other shellfish
• Vital food source for birds and fish
• Stabilizes sediments, reducing erosion
• Raises pH levels and buffers the effects of ocean acidification
• Carbon capture, helping reduce the effect of climate change

We became alarmed when we learned that 54% of this critical habitat had disappeared between 2018 and 2022. This year we are partnering with other groups to launch an eelgrass pilot project to better understand what’s happening and explore how to restore eelgrass habitats. This is a collaborative project between Casco Bay Estuary Partnership, Friends of Casco Bay, Manomet, and Team Zostera.

On Thursday, April 25, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. grab a cup of coffee and hop online to join Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca and Community Organizer Sara Freshley for an early morning conversation about our eelgrass pilot project. Whether you’re cozy on your couch, doing your morning routine, or listening on your phone while you walk the dog, join us for this informative event.

What: Coffee with the Casco BaykeeperPFAS
When: Thursday, April 25, 8:00 to 8:45 a.m.
Where: Zoom, Register here to receive a link to attend