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Eelgrass Habitats on the U.S. West Coast: State of the Knowledge of Eelgrass Ecosystem Services and Eelgrass Extent

Sherman, K., and L.A. DeBruyckere (2018)

A publication prepared by the Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership for The Nature Conservancy, 67pp.

This report serves as a summary of existing knowledge and identifies gaps in that knowledge and understanding of this important habitat type and associated threats. This information can serve as a guide for future research on U.S. West Coast eelgrass habitats and the ecosystem services and functions they provide.