Originally Posted By: Smalma
Riverguy -
An interesting read and the reported lack of monitoring is concerning.

That said I would remind folks that Zostera japonica like the spartina is an exotic plant (historically found along the Asian coast). While I don't know much about either species of eel grass I can certainly see a situation where controlling the "duckgrass" would be necessary to allow the native (marina) eel grass and the ecosystem benefits it provides the opportunity to recover.


All of the oysters that folks are growing and removing the spartina for are exotic as as well. Unfortunately they are not providing any benefit to the greater ecosystem which some scientists for the NOAA science center have pointed out before, unlike the bad bad spartina. Single-species ecosystem management failures at its finest.