A.1 An Aerial Tour of Island County Eelgrass BedsGregg Ridder

Aerial view of Cornet BayCome take an aerial and underwater tour of seagrass beds in Island County and learn why they are so important to the Salish Sea. See where the beds are (and are not) and trends in their size over the last ten years.

We will explore stressors to seagrass health including: boating, storm events, water quality, light availability, sedimentation, temperature changes, low salinity, algal blooms, sea urchins, sand dollars, epiphyte growth, eelgrass wasting disease and shifting sands. 

Observations also will be shared on kelp beds, boat launches, ghost shrimp harvesting, landslides, bulkhead removals, construction projects and gray whale feeding pits.