Habitat indicators include measurements of management efforts to restore and protect coastal habitats and fish passage, as well as the abundance of underwater vegetation (eelgrass) near the shore. Coastal habitats provide vital nursery and grazing grounds for a wide variety of marine and coastal animals.
In 1998, the Long Island Sound Study adopted a goal of restoring 2000 acres of coastal habitats, including dunes, tidal wetlands, forests, salt marsh wetlands, and submerged aquatic vegetation. This indicator tracks management progress towards achievement of the goal. View Indicator
Eelgrass is a rooted underwater grass that grows along the coast, serving as an important habitat for fish and source of food for many migratory birds. It is sensitive to declines in water and sediment quality, so serves as an indicator for overall health of the aquatic environment. View Indicator