Eel grass project moves ahead for 2019 with the help of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Dr. Sara Sweeten, research scientist at Virginia Tech,Dr. Leandro Costello, John Copeland and Chad Boyce of VDGIF. It takes a good team The first picture is of a seed harvest where mother nature gives us a two week window of opportunity. Two hurricanes can wreak havoc on plans.

This year Dr. Leandro Costello suggested that we leave a few plants in the grow tank to see what they would do on their own over the summer. Dr. Sweeten noticed our pitiful plants and thought that she might be able to figure out the problem.

In November we were getting ready to set up for next year and discovered that she and Mathew (do not know his last name) had figured out the missing ingredient and the photos show the difference between the plants left in the tank and the plants today. With the help of an AFTCO grant we will be expanding the project so that we can add a site at Smith Mountain Lake to protect small and juvenile bass from predators. The grass in the tanks is long and continues to spread. We plan to make several additions to this project in order to help others who want to use eel grass for habitat projects in schools. This is a really great science project and can be adapted for an aquarium.

Awesome work by Joan Blankenship, B.A.S.S. Nation of Virginia Conservation Director and Everyone participating in the project. The future of our Virginia habitat depend on the work these wonderful people do. Thank you! <><
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