Restoring clam populations to improve seagrass health
This project expands on a small restoration project that confirmed a beneficial interaction between hard clams and eelgrass. That study indicated clams are able to improve the condition and accelerate the recovery of degraded seagrass meadows by fertilizing sediments and improving water clarity through biofiltration. The project will restore approximately 2.5 acres of clam populations within seagrass meadows at sites in Back and Pamlico Sounds to spur further eelgrass recovery. This restoration project is being led by researchers at UNC’s Institute of Marine Sciences.