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Ecosystem Facts

North Pacific Maritime Eelgrass Bed

Eelgrass beds are found throughout the coastal areas of the North Pacific Coast, from southern Oregon (Coos Bay) north into the Gulf of Alaska, Cook Inlet, and Bristol Bay coasts. Intertidal zones are found with clear water in bays, inlets and lagoons, typically dominated by macrophytic algae and marine aquatic angiosperms along the temperate Pacific Coast. Subtidal portions are never exposed while intertidal areas support species that can tolerate exposure to the air. Common substrates include marine silts, but may also include exposed bedrock and cobble, where many algal species become attached with holdfasts. Subtidal/lower intertidal in clear water. Substrate is usually marine silts, but may be cobble. Beds are dominated by Zostera marina.

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