The importance of Preserving It and Other Estuaries
History and Importance Of the Estuary
The marine life in the estuary is not only important to the people of the Outer Banks, but to the estuary itself. The bacteria phytoplankton provide food and balance in the estuary, allowing clams and oysters to build up barrier walls, which make it hard for erosion to occur. Among the clams and oysters are fish, such as black sea bass and flounder, which search for the food that hides in the beds of mollusks, like stone crabs and grass shrimp. The crabs and shrimp keep the phytoplankton populations in check, as the fish keep the crabs and shrimp in check.
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