Eelgrass Conservation Moorings Demonstration Project, Massachusetts

Tisbury, Massachusetts

Endorsed by ACFHP in FY2010.

In May 2010, ACFHP issued its first project endorsement. It was led by NOAA Fisheries and the Town of Tisbury, and involved state, federal, local, NGO, and industry partners. This demonstration project replaced traditional chain and block-anchor mooring systems with new bungee-like mooring technology to reduce scouring of the seagrass below.

Please note, the mooring of boats and the establishment of mooring fields in seagrass beds is generally recognized as a significant source of damage to these important ecological communities across their range. As such, the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership only provided support to specific remediation actions at this and other designated project sites, which address historic damage caused by the scouring effects of traditional chain and block-anchor mooring systems. ACFHP does not support installing conservation moorings in healthy seagrass beds.

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Text and photos provided by NOAA Fisheries.