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Within four months, eelgrass shoots transplanted under the Northwest Maritime Center's dock became a popular hangout for copper rockfish and other sea creatures.

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Document Title: Eelgrass Restoration
Category: Marine Science, Wildlife and Environmental Studies
Media Type: Photos
Date of Image/Photo: March 2005
Background: Credit: Heida Diefenderfer, PNNL Docks typically harm nearshore marine life. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Sequim Marine Research Operations, Miller/ Hull Partnership architects and a dozen stakeholders teamed to create a new kind of dock at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, Wash. www.nwmaritime.org Opened in May 2004, the new dock supports a restored eelgrass bed, providing habitat for Dungeness crab, salmon, and other species. Above water, the dock is designed to accommodate vessels ranging from tall ships to sea kayaks, plus a future educational center. The dock received the international Waterfront Center's 2004 Urban Waterfront Projects Award for environmental protection and enhancement. The jury chair called the dock "a $1.5-million experiment -- a relatively small undertaking -- that has the potential to influence thinking and design elsewhere." The Environmental Business Journal also recognized the dock with a 2005 Technology Merit Award.
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