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Eelgrass plan would move anchor-outs toward Belvedere

A proposed boundary for anchor-outs on Richardson Bay would confine mariners to deeper waters off Belvedere in a zone east of the slashed orange line and out of Audubon sanctuary waters, marked by the black border. A second proposal would confine boats even closer to Belvedere. The existing anchorage, within the pink border, includes a zone with dense eelgrass coverage, overlaid here in purple, indicating a dense herring-spawning zone as well. (Coastal Policy Solutions via Richardson Bay Regional Agency)

A plan to protect ecologically important eelgrass beds in Richardson Bay would sharply limit where boats could drop anchor, confining them mostly to Belvedere waters. A proposed eelgrass protection plan, unveiled at last week’s Richardson Bay Regional Agency board of directors teleconference meeting, would close off a large chunk of Marin County waters, all but a small portion of the Sausalito waterfront and a portion of Belvedere waters to anchoring. Anchoring would be permitted mostly in the deeper waters off Belvedere Island where eelgrass does not grow.

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