Why is Eelgrass Important?
Eelgrass habitats are among the most productive and biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet. Living and dead plant material, including leaves, roots and rhizomes, has many valuable ecological functions such as stabilizing seafloor sediments and shorelines, cleaning coastal waters, providing habitat for a diversity of flora and fauna, and supporting the foundation of the detrital food web.
To learn more about the importance of sea grass and eelgrass beds click here: Eelgrass Video
Why Are Coral Reefs Important?
Hidden beneath the ocean's waters, coral reefs teem with life. Fish, corals, lobsters, clams, seahorses, sponges, sharks, and sea turtles are only a few of the hundreds of thousands of creatures that rely on reefs for their survival.
To learn more about the importance of coral reefs go here: http://celebrating200years.noaa.gov/foundations/coral/side.html
Why The Oceans Matter
Enjoy this short video from National Geographic.