Protecting NH's 'hidden coast': Relief effort underway for Great Bay

DURHAM — Population growth and climate change are major stressors on Great Bay, but efforts are underway to restore ecosystems in the beloved body of water often dubbed New Hampshire’s “hidden coast.”

A 2018 report prepared by the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) shows both the Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook estuaries have declined in recent years.

Shellfish are at extremely low levels compared with populations in the 1980s and early 1990s. Natural habitats for clams in Hampton-Seabrook and oysters in Great Bay are close to being completely decimated, according to the report.

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