Common Name: Eelgrass
Scientific Name: Zostera marina
Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family: Plantae, Tracheophyta, Liliopsida, Najadales, Zosteraceae
Habitat: Sandy-muddy sediment, bays, estuaries, shorelines
Range: Alaska to Baja California
Identification: Dark green, ribbon-like blades growing from rhizomes under the sand (rhizomes are underground plant stems that grow horizontally to put out new shoots)
Fact: Eelgrass creates important habitat for many species, but populations have been declining for over 80-90 years worldwide. Many restoration projects have been enacted, but highly disturbed shore communities have meant that natural recovery of eelgrass beds can be slow or not possible.