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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Great Bay Invasive Plant Species Problem Sources:Conservation Law Foundation 20 of the most ecological damaging invasiveplant species have been found in Great Bay,with over 4000 stands. In 2013 the eelgrass coverage was 1,683 acres, 58% below the PREP goal of 2,900 acres. Increasing levels of nitrogen has supportedeelgrass population sufferings.The over growth of nuisance algae and plants receiving too much sunlight,along with a struggling oyster population,is causing Great Bay to fall apart wherewe can't see without exploring below it's graceful waves. Clearing land or changinghabitats create unfavorable conditionsunder which invasive species thrive.Once invasive species are introduced into a new habitat,they can cause a series of ecologicalimpacts by taking over and possibly replacing native plants.This loss of native species has impacts for wildlife species thatdepend on them for food or habitat. What's the big picture? 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 2000 2200 2400 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 Eelgrass are among the most productive and biologically diverse plant species.They live in dead plant material, like leaves.Eelgrass has many valuable ecological functions such as stabilizing seafloor sediments and shorelines, cleaning coastal waters, providing habitat for an ecosystem of flora and fauna, and supporting the foundation of the food web.If we lose our valuable eelgrass population, our waters could potentially be destroyed, and won't be able to naturally maintain itself, and provide a home for a plethora of ocean and land species. Marine Biology 2/3/15Northcott-Muellerby:Shannon Earley Eelgrass Acreage from 1990-2010 Great Bay NERR has mapped twenty of the mostecologically damaging invasive plant speciesfound in any type of ecosystem. Some invasive species that have been discovered include Norway Maple, Purple Loosestrife, and Black Swallow Wort. Purple Loosetrife
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