San Juan Islands Eelgrass Restoration Project

Since 2019 the San Juan Islands Conservation District has been working with partners including UW Friday Harbor Labs, WA Department of Natural Resources, and Seacology to determine best practices and techniques for eelgrass restoration.


Significant eelgrass losses have been documented in the Salish Sea between 2000 and 2022. These flowering plants, which grow submerged in shallow marine waters (intertidal and subtidal) provide critical habitat and ecosystem services for the entire marine ecosystem.

Scroll down to learn more about the importance of eelgrass and our restoration work to date.