Greetings ocean lovers 🌊 Today is the start of #oceanweek2020
, and to celebrate, I thought I’d post a daily painting to highlight threatened and endangered marine species in Canada. These painting will be for sale for $25, with proceeds going to the #oceaninitiative
! Please message me if interested.
Today’s artwork features one of the most productive and vulnerable ecological communities in coastal oceans: eelgrass. Although you might be tempted to call it seaweed, eelgrass is actually, well, a grass, that is to say that it is a flowering plant. There are lots of species of eelgrass around the world, with Zostera marina L. being the dominant one along the Atlantic Canada coastline. Eelgrass provides essential ecosystem services, such as nursery habitat for fish and shellfish, stabilizing bottom sediment, dampening wave energy, and so much more. In fact, over 80% of all commercial fish and shellfish are thought to depend on eelgrass meadows for at least part of their life. Unfortunately, industrial and residential development, amongst other things, are continuing to push populations into decline. Eelgrass has been declared as an “ecologically significant species” in Canada, but while efforts continue to protect this amazing plant, many bays and coastal areas are still suffering severe losses in eelgrass cover.
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