Eelgrass Restoration

$1,500 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 22 months
Seagrasses are marine angiosperms found in shallow coastal waters along every continent except Antarctica. They form extensive meadows that provide important ecosystem services, including storing carbon, improving water quality, providing food and habitat, and acting as a biological indicator of coastal conditions. Many stressors, including global climate change, are causing large-scale declines in the abundance and distribution of seagrasses. Every day,  an area as large as three football fields is lost.

The long-term survival of seagrasses in a globally changing environment depends upon modifying human behaviors to reduce our impacts on coastal oceans and supporting restoration actions.

In 2014, our team received funding from the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Grant to restore eelgrass in Essex Bay, MA. Eelgrass used to be prevalent in this system but disappeared over 60 years ago. After two years of working, this area is now home to a one acre-bed with a diversity of species including shrimp, crabs, mummichugs, sand dollars, periwinkles and pipefish.

All of our restoration efforts rely on volunteers from the community, local schools and groups. Through an amazing outpouring of support we have managed to transplant from May to October for the last three years. While our grant concludes this winter, our work is far from over. We are asking for your help to enable us to keep restoring, monitoring, and promoting these amazing ecosystems. Every donation you give will go directly back into our work, making it possible for us to run and maintain our work boat (we currently need a new engine!), helping to organize and support volunteers as they travel to our sites, as well as maintaining equipment and buying supplies needed to restore our bed and monitor it’s growth over time.

Thank you for your support, thank you for your concern, and thank you for helping us to make a difference in the health of our local marine ecosystems.


Alyssa Novak and Team

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$1,500 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 4 people in 22 months
Created November 11, 2016
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Thank you for the terrific eelgrass restoration outing!

14 months ago
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Nedret Andre
19 months ago

Keep up all the seagrass research and restoration Alyssa!!!! Thank you so much for keeping me inspired with your work:)

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