Eelgrass - Zostera marina

Zostera marina is a species of nutrient poor shallow water tidal rivers, bays and ocean environments. Nutrient enrichment from atmospheric sources, groundwater, lawn and agricultural lands and sewage treatments plants contribute to the Zostera declines. Common mechanisms are shading effects that result from nitrogen enrichment including but not limited to increased phytoplankton production, epiphytic algae production and benthic algae. Nitrogen enrichment might also create stress that makes Zostera more susceptible to the eelgrass blight.

Benthic Habitat


Tidal Wetlands