We work with a wide network of partners to create and implement sustainability initiatives both locally and regionally. Through these initiatives, we aim to provide our partner organizations & schools, as well as educators & students, with resources for projects so they can initiate involvement and inspire change throughout our communities.
Mudflat acidification occurs as a result of ocean acidification, which happens when carbon dioxide is absorbed by water, causing the pH and calcium carbonate levels to drop. Consequently, it threatens the livelihood of shellfish growers and also damages the coral population.
Seaside Sustainability collaborates with local, regional, and national partners to work on projects in the area of marine sciences. Most recently we have partnered with Salem sound Coast-watch to facilitate acidification testing of the Northshore Mudflats.
Seaside Sustainability partnerships monitor the invasive species in and around the coastline of Cape Ann and beyond. This work is responsible for the mitigation of Phragmites, Green Crabs, Asian Shore Crabs, Pepperweed, and many more invasive species, with a common goal to restore the coastlines and highlight the diversity of the marsh.
Present along the marsh of the North Shore, phragmites is a non-native grass that grows densely, blocking out sunlight needed by native species. Currently, Seaside monitors the population to experiment with organic eradication alternatives.
The rising population of the green and asian shore crabs increases competition for food, which consequently led to a sharp decrease of native crab population. To tackle this issue, Seaside has set monitored traps to study the causal effects on other marine life.
Pepperweed grows in disturbed environments and can reduce biodiversity and threaten other habitats. Working with a local Audubon official, Seaside works to engage young communities in controlling the pepperweed population.
MARINE DEBRIS TRAWLS
Seaside Sustainability collaborates with local, regional, and national partners to work on projects in the area of marine sciences. We are doing extensive research on the prevalence of these plastics in our local marine environment and to spread awareness of these problems.