Since 2008, Coastkeeper and our partners have worked to protect critical eelgrass habitat in Newport Bay by combining public education, research and long-term restoration efforts.
Eelgrass (Zostera marina) is one of 60 species of seagrasses – a unique group of aquatic flowering plants that grow fully submersed in shallow coastal waters worldwide. Eelgrass meadows provide many important environmental benefits including water quality improvements and habitat and for invertebrates and fish. Eelgrass is native to Upper Newport Bay but has dramatically declined due to increased urban runoff and coastal development.
Coastkeeper will continue our restoration efforts this year between July 11 – 21, 2014. WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are actively recruiting volunteers to help with the project at the Back Bay Science Center in Newport Beach. We are seeking land-based volunteers of all ages to help bundle eelgrass that will be planted in the bay – no experience is necessary. We also need AAUS certified divers to help collect and transplant the eelgrass. If you can volunteer a few hours, your time will make a BIG difference! To volunteer or learn more, please send an email to email@example.com and we will provide you with more information.
Save the date for the 2014 Toast the Coast and Orange County Coastkeeper's Special 15th Anniversary Celebration!
Wednesday, Sept 24, 5:30pm
The Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Coast
Sponsorship opportunities available. Learn more
Kids Ocean Day provides an opportunity for children from across Orange County to experience the beauty of our ocean first hand and learn ways to help protect it from pollution. On June 3, over 1,200 elementary school students came together to remove litter at Huntington State Beach that would have otherwise polluted the ocean.