Seagrass loss rates are comparable to those reported for mangroves, coral reefs, and tropical rainforests and place seagrass meadows among the most threatened ecosystems on earth. Since the beginning of the twenty-first century members of the SCWG have engaged communities in the restoration of eelgrass habitat.
Under the guidance of Cynthia Durance (R.P. Bio., Principal, Precision Identification), and with the funding support of the Pacific Salmon Foundation and others, a team of experienced SCUBA divers plant test plots in the Salish Sea. When monitored and deemed successful the transplant sites are expanded. Volunteers from nearby communities assist by attachingÂ eelgrass shoots to weights. Local coordinators organize presentations and events to reach the general public.
Community restoration projects have been carried out in the following locations on the Canadian side of the Salish Sea: Tod Inlet, Saanich Inlet, Cowichan Estuary, Squamish Estuary, Sunshine Coast, Sechelt Inlet, Maple Bay, Salt Spring Island, Gabriola Island, Pender Island.
Funding sources include: Environment Canada (EcoAction), Recreational Fisheries Community Partnership Program and the Sidney Anglers Association.