Seagrass Restoration Project, South Coast, PR
Seagrasses have been historically impacted on the South Coast of Puerto Rico by acombination of impacts including human recreation and boating, shipping,construction of coastal piers and development, trash and debris and sewage and septic systems. The project proposes to address several factors impacting sea
grasses including boating and recreational impacts, marine debris and specific areas of known sewage and septic impacts. The impacts will be addressed by performing education and outreach particularly at public access locations, by pin pointing underwater locations of marine debris and performing clean up, and reducing the impacts from illicit sewage connections and poorly sited septic systems.
In water Clean Up Events
Underwater and land clean-ups have been conducted in La Guancha, Ponce and Las Pardas, Guanica to address the marine debris issue which can highly impact the condition of Seagrass beds and animals that depend on these. More events like are being planned into the future. We have had the general community, students groups, local businesses and Boys Scouts as volunteers at these events.
Tow Boarding Seagrass Surveys
As part of this project Snorkeling and tow boarding surveys have been conducted to determine the extent of seagrass restoration potential and removal of debris at multiple locations – in addition water quality is being evaluated at sites identified in previous studies as potentially impaired by nutrients.