Atlantic Healthy Oceans Initiative setting crab pots in Bonne Bay to learn about impacts on eel grass

    Friday, 13 October 2023 07:00

    By Tonya Organ

    Coordinator Sydney Sullivan says not many people think eel grass is important, but it provides shelter for small fish and other species, and protects against coastal erosion.

    There’s a new project in the Bonne Bay area that is looking to protect eel grass which provides a vital role in habitat health and fights climate change. The Atlantic Healthy Oceans Initiative is setting up crab traps and suiting up with snorkels to conduct research in the Gros Morne region. Coordinator Sydney Sullivan says not many people think eel grass is important but it provides shelter for small fish and other species and protects against coastal erosion. She says the first sighting of green crab in Bonne Bay was in 2009, and this is an invasive species for eel grass, which is why they want to trap them to learn more about their patterns. Sullivan says data collected will be added to the community led marine plan for Gros Morne.

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