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Along with marking Save The Bay's 40th anniversary in 2010, we are also celebrating our 10th year of eelgrass restoration in Narragansett Bay. With the support of literally hundreds of volunteers, the restoration program has successfully established new eelgrass beds in the mid-Bay, and has refined harvest and transplant techniques that restore eelgrass without impacting natural, donor beds. Learn more about our decade of eelgrass accomplishments.

The next phase of our restoration efforts will include advocacy to support the necessary water quality improvements to allow eelgrass to survive in the mid and upper Bay and test transplants to assess the effects of those improvements. Learn more about the future of eelgrass restoration. 

Eelgrass beds are a primary source of food and shelter to an abundance of marine life, including economically important finfish and shellfish, such as the Bay scallop. It is widely recognized that the vitality of an estuary’s eelgrass beds is an indicator of its health. In Narragansett Bay, eelgrass is in peril. It is estimated that the majority of historic eelgrass beds have been lost— today, only a few hundred acres of Bay eelgrass remain. That is why Save The Bay has taken a leadership role in eelgrass restoration. 

See It Now! Wenley Ferguson talks about eelgrass restoration.

  Northeast Boating Senior Editor Joe Meyerson spent a day with the Save The Bay eelgrass team as part of his outstanding story on restoration efforts. Download the color PDF.
  Watch underwater videos of a thriving eelgrass bed at King's Beach in Newport and see firsthand marine life that healthy eelgrass beds support. Take a deep breath and click the links.
  View a slide show of an eelgrass harvest at Kings Beach and transplant at Sauga Point, North Kingstown, by Save The Bay staff and volunteers. Click here to see what goes on underwater.

Eelgrass in Narragansett Bay

What is eelgrass and why is it important?    
Restoration Sites
Life in the eelgrass beds

What you can do!

READ: Seagrass Restoration Strategy Report

SEE: Map of eelgrass beds in the Narragansett Bay

DOWNLOAD: Complete Eelgrass Mapping Report

Have more questions about eelgrass? Contact Robbie at rhudson@savebay.org or 401-272-3540, x117.


Read a Providence Journal editorial about the return of eelgrass.
Read Providence Journal reporter Richard Salit's Sept. 18, 2008 article on our eelgrass program; watch a Journal video.

Eelgrass Mapping yields first new data in 10 years

iew a 2006 Eelgrass Survey that includes Little Narragansett Bay 

How important are individuals and small groups to the environmental movement and the coastal habitat restoration community in particular? A new report from Restore America's Estuaries (RAE) says they are invaluable. Click here to download the report, which features Save The Bay's nationally recognized eelgrass restoration effort.
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Save The Bay's eelgrass restoration
is made possible in part by the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program. Monitoring is supported by a national partnership between NOAA Fisheries' Community-based Restoration Program and Restore America's Estuaries.

Restoring homes 
of lobster, crabs, scallops and fish.

 Possible with your support. Learn more.