Underwater grasses that are vital to the health of the Chesapeake Bay grew by nearly 12,000 acres last year, an 18 percent increase, according to data released this morning by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program.
This means more habitat for blue crabs and fish, and a better filtration system for the Bay’s waters. Clearer waters allows more light to penetrate, which encourages more grasses to grow on the bottom – providing a positive feedback loop.
“It’s definitely good news,” said Bill Goldsborough, director of fisheries for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. “Grasses are a prominent indicator of the Bay’s resilience, and given half a chance, they will bounce back.”