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It brings me great joy to share our story about eelgrass. I was introduced to this beautiful emerald green marine plant 12 years ago through a volunteer opportunity—restoring eelgrass in Saanich Inlet near Victoria. It wasn't long before I fell in love with enchanting habitat that is a nursery for thousands of marine organisms.

Now I am inspired by a group of volunteer freedivers that travel from Vancouver to Mayne each year to assist the Conservancy and local volunteers with eelgrass monitoring. This video tells a story about a whole network of communities along the BC coast who work to conserve and restore eelgrass habitat. Members of the Seagrass Conservation Working Group coordinate volunteer conservation efforts in their own communities; mapping, monitoring and restoring eelgrass, organizing school field trips and public events, and sharing conservation tools with local governments. Contact the Seagrass Conservation Working Group and find out about volunteer opportunities nearest you!

Message to Canadians: If you love the ocean, there is nothing more rewarding than getting involved in marine conservation and restoration efforts.

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/oceans/projects/healthy-oceans/pacific-ocean-stories/eelgrass-and-freedivers-community-based-conservation-and-restoration/

By Leanna Boyer

Mayne Island

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Dec 13, 2012
6:32 PM

If you like the above story, you may also like this one from Japan that also deals with eel grass restoration — http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/re-creating-eelgrass-beds-in-the-seto-inland-sea/

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