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Salt Marsh Protection and Restoration

Two-thirds of the Salem Sound's salt marshes were lost between 1965 and 1997. Protecting the remaining salt marshes of Salem Sound is critical for the ecological health of the Sound.


The Power of Salt Marshes: Barbara Warren shares the importance of salt marshes on Chronicle's show on Salt (WCVB Channel 5). (video 2.43 minutes)


The Role of Salt Marshes

Salt Marshes are one of the most biologically and ecologically productive natural ecosystems on earth. They are important because they:

Salem Sound Coastwatch has monitored pre- and post- restoration salt marshes for over 12 years using the Wetland Habitat Assessment Toolbox. Volunteers are trained to become citizen marsh scientists assisting the SSCW in recording the plants, fish and macroinvertebrates that live in the marshes as well measuring the salinity in the creeks and the marsh soils.

Salem Sound Coastwatch Projects

Pickman Park, Salem - Phragmites australis Eradication Pilot Project
Thissel Marsh, Beverly - Restoration and Monitoring
Eastern Point, Gloucester - Monitoring
Clark Pond, Manchester - Monitoring
Newman Road, Newbury - Monitoring


Rising Seas - Salt Marsh Survey 2013-2015

Salem Sound Coastwatch partnered with Maritime Gloucester and Friends of Good Harbor on the Bruce J. Anderson funded project: RISING SEA.
Check out what we are finding. We will be out again in August 2016 to track changes in the Good Harbor Marsh.