Working alongside Eelgrass restoration specialists, professional scuba divers, and estuary program staff, volunteers will be part of an effort to improve the health of the Morro Bay estuary. This year’s goal is to plant 8,000 bundles of eelgrass across the bay floor.
Volunteers will work two-hour to four-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on planting days, Aug. 9 -14. Opportunities are available for certified scuba divers and volunteers who want to work on-shore. Volunteer scuba divers will help harvest eelgrass which volunteers on-shore will assemble into bundles. The bundles will be planted by volunteer divers along the bay floor.
Participants will gain an inside look at the science and planning involved in helping to restore eelgrass in Morro Bay. Eelgrass beds are considered to be one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet, providing valuable protective habitat for sea life.
To sign up as a volunteer, or to learn more about the Morro Bay Eelgrass Recovery Program, visit www.mbnep.org or call (805) 772-3834.
Morro Bay National Estuary Program is a non-regulatory, non-profit organization that brings together citizens, local government, non-profits, agencies and landowners to protect and restore the Morro Bay Estuary for people and wildlife. The Estuary Program conducts monitoring and research, restores natural habitats, and educates residents and visitors on how to keep Morro Bay clean and healthy.