One of the ways that FHL is changing, slowly, is in doing more research that relates to ‘real world’ problems (e.g., see our Sept. 2020 volume on issues relevant to mussel aquaculture). We will always pride ourselves on the breadth and strength of our basic research, but it also feels really good – and brings in new scientists and funding! – to participate in work that is of direct relevance to current national or global problems. The decline in the abundance of seagrasses is a global problem with many causes (water quality, disease, warming waters) but few successful solutions to date. An effective and affordable method for eelgrass restoration is badly needed, but is a “holy grail” that has eluded managers and scientists for decades. Here, a team of local researchers describes their work with 3 different methods, all low-tech and inexpensive, to bring eelgrass back into bays within the county where its populations have declined or vanished. It is too early to say which if any method will be most successful, but the results are encouraging!
Dr. Megan Dethier