Nurture and Restore Function of these Critical Feeding and Nursery Habitats
Nurture and Restore Vital Land-Sea Interface Habitats
Estuaries and lagoons provide critical feeding and nursery habitat for juvenile fishes and are important transition zones between freshwater and the ocean. However, estuaries have become dramatically reduced in size and quality, due to development and watershed modifications, such as diking and draining. Restoring function to once-productive, but now highly altered estuary habits will greatly improve rearing conditions for juvenile salmonids, increasing the likelihood of survival at sea and adults returning to their natal tributaries And, in the face of climate change, this will also increase the ecological resilience of our coast to buffer sea level rise.