Eelgrass in Maine: Ecology, Habitat Value, and Threats to a Vital Coastal Resource

Posted Oct. 28, 2013, at 3:03 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Eagle Hill Institute, 59 Eagle Hill Road , Steuben, Maine

For more information: Jason Wimbiscus; 207-546-2821;

Hilary Neckles, a coastal research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Augusta will explain that the primary cause of widespread seagrass loss throughout New England is reduced water quality associated with coastal watershed development. Direct human disturbance from dredge and fill operations, boat propellers, docks, anchors and mooring chains, and commercial fishing activities is also a significant source of local habitat destruction. Recent evidence suggests that the invasive European green crab is damaging eelgrass beds in mid-coast Maine. The cumulative impacts of indirect and direct disturbance on the structure, function, and sustainability of Maine’s eelgrass systems are potentially severe.