Environmental Stewardship for Paddlers Series – Habitat Protection
By Gina Lemieux
Both are important estuarine and nearshore habitats, together offering a variety of ecological services and functions such as the provision of structural habitat, nutrients, prey items, and spawning, nursery, rearing, and shelter/refuge habitat for a myriad of species including salmon, herring and Dungeness crab. Plus they contribute greatly to carbon sequestration, oxygen production, binding and removal of contaminants, reduction of coastal erosion and much more.
Exercise extra care and avoid walking through and placing paddling watercraft and gear on eelgrass, salt marsh and other habitat areas.