Document Type

Article

Department/Program

Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Publication Date

2012

Journal

Marine Ecology Progress Series

Volume

448

First Page

173

Last Page

176

Abstract

Coastal bay systems are prominent features of coastlines on nearly all continents and are vulnerable to long-term environmental changes related to climate and nutrient over-enrichment. Eelgrass Zostera marina disappeared in the 1930s from the coastal bays of the Virginia Coast Reserve, USA, primarily due to a wasting disease and the effects of a hurricane. It has been re-established recently as a result of a large-scale seeding and restoration effort. The contributions to this Theme Section provide the most comprehensive account available of large-scale recovery of an eelgrass ecosystem, the consequences of the state change from a bare-sediment system to eelgrass dominance, and projections of meadow resilience to future climate change scenarios.

DOI

10.3354/meps09596

Keywords

Temperate Lagoon

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