Eelgrass, DNR scientist featured in series about the health of Puget Sound

Photo of Jeff Gaeckle, seagrass ecologist, monitors an eelgrass bed on San Juan Island. Photo: Anja Schanz.
Jeff Gaeckle, DNR seagrass ecologist, studies an eelgrass bed near Mosquito Pass on San Juan Island. Photo: Anja Schanz.

Last week, Ear to the Ground reported on DNR scientist Helen Berry’s work to study the effects of the Elwha River dam removals on eelgrass and kelp in the Straits of Juan de Fuca.

This week, eelgrass continued to capture local media attention. The Kitsap Sun’s yearlong series: “Taking the Pulse of Puget Sound” took a closer look at eelgrass and the challenges to restoring  this key barometer of the health of the Sound’s marine environment. Reporter Chris Dunagan interviewed DNR eelgrass ecologist Jeff Gaeckle for this story.

In 2011, the Puget Sound Leadership Council formally adopted eelgrass as an indicator of Puget Sound’s health and set an ambitious target for recovering eelgrass by 20 percent by the year 2020.

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