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NOAA Photo Library Image - r0006200

Zostera marina, eelgrass, about to be transplanted. These plants were harvested from Damerion Marsh by the mouth of the Great Wicomico River. Submerged aquatic vegetation is a critical habitat that stabilizes sediments, oxygenates water and provides habitat. Historically the Chesapeake Bay had over 600,000 acres of SAV, now there is approximately 69,000 acres.

Image ID: r0006200, NOAA's Restoration Center Collection
Location: St. Mary's City, St Mary's County, Maryland
Photo Date: September 1997
Credit: Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Bob Murphy

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