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Taking to the Skies to Help the Seas

Aerial Surveys of Boating Activities Help Assess Threats to Seagrass as part of Comprehensive Approach to Its Protection in Long Island Sound

Located at the eastern edge of Long Island Sound is Fishers Island, a place renowned for its natural beauty, limited development and quiet way of life.  The 9-mile island is surrounded by waters that are distinctive too - they support some of the last remaining seagrass meadows in the Sound.

These underwater meadows provide valuable benefits for nature and people. Seagrasses are home to thousands of ocean animals like lobster, flounder and bay scallops. They generate oxygen, improve water quality, reduce shoreline erosion by stabilizing sediments, and can store twice as much carbon as forests on land.

What's Happening to Long Island Sound's Seagrass? 
Today, only 10 percent of the historic acreage of seagrass remains in Long Island Sound. At Fishers Island, these meadows are still in good condition, but without action to protect them now, they are at risk of degradation and loss from threats ranging from nitrogen pollution, boating activity, disease, algal blooms, and warming sea temperatures.

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Credit: Chantal E. Collier
Director, Long Island Sound Program and The Nature Conservancy

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