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Wrack Removal and Beach Grooming Harm Beach Ecology

"In peer-reviewed research, biologists show that leaving wrack on the beach helps maintain foraging opportunities for shorebirds and benefits native coastal strand plants that trap sand and create sand dunes. In recent work, biologists estimate that about 40 percent of the animal species living on sandy beaches depend on wrack. In an ongoing project, they are studying the importance of decomposing wrack in supplying nutrients to coastal ecosystems." - excerpt from Sea Grant California's Kelp Wrack: Hopping With Life series of research summaries. Also see the Hopping With Life video.

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