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West Galveston Bay Seagrass Restoration Project
AWARD STATUS: COMPLETED
Successful restoration of seagrass beds will increase habitat for species of commercial and recreational importance such as penaeid shrimp, blue crab and spotted sea trout as well as their prey, and it will also stabilize shorelines and slow erosion. Because of increased water clarity in the West Bay (due to decreased dredging) and the area's history of supporting lush seagrass beds, restoration now appears to be possible. However, natural recolonization has been hindered by the lack of nearby propagule or seed source; therefore, efforts were made to restore approximately 0.004 square km of viable shoalgrass in West Bay. The objectives were to determine survival and growth rates of transplanted shoalgrass planted at various densities and depths and to obtain evidence of increased faunal densities above those in neighboring non-vegetated substrates.
Principal Investigator(s) or Program Chair:
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Fish and Wildlife
Texas General Land Office
Texas A&M University
Galveston Bay Foundation
Field of Focus:
Study Site: Galveston Bay
Award Amount: $75,000
Award Period: 1994 - 1995
Keywords: Submerged aquatic vegetation, Seagrass, Restoration, Estuarine habitat
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