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Environmentalists work to replenish dying seagrass

Posted at 5:24 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 18:05:07-04

The Indian River Lagoon is suffering.

The seagrass is dying and that's impacting the entire ecosystem. Hundreds of acres of seagrass have died in the Lagoon over the last ten years.

"Places where species spend their time," said Vincent Encomio with the Florida Oceanographic Society.

Encomio and Kathryn Tiling are trying to reverse the trend by collecting fragments from the shore and nursing them at their headquarters.

"Nurse them in these tanks and then replant them later on in the Indian River Lagoon," said Encomio.

They're one of few in the state working on this kind of project.

Although it's a small portion, they hope it will make a difference down the road.

"Given my interest and love and knowing what it could be, I really want to see that come back over time," said Tiling.