Friends of the San Juans is encouraging you to be a conscience boater and help critical marine ecosystems by making sure to anchor out of eelgrass areas.

Eelgrass and other seagrass species play a key role in the nearshore ecosystem. They provide food, shelter and nursery habitat for a wide range of organisms, ranging from small invertebrates to commercially important fish species and wading birds. Eelgrass also helps prevent erosion and maintain shoreline stability by anchoring seafloor sediment with its spreading roots and rhizomes.

Follow the guidelines below to plan ahead and help: