Conceptual model of salt marsh management on Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida: final report

Montague, C. L. and Percival, H. Franklin and Zale, A. V. (1985) Conceptual model of salt marsh management on Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida: final report. Gainesville, FL, Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit , University of Florida, (Technical report - Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 17)

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Abstract

Diking and holding water on salt marshes ("impounding" the marsh) is a management technique used on Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (MINWR) and elsewhere in the Southeast to: a) prevent the reproduction of saltmarsh mosquitos, and b) attract wintertering waterfowl and other marsh, shore, and wading birds. Because of concern that diking and holding water may interfere with the production of estuarine fish and shellfish, impoundment managers are being asked to consider altering management protocol to reduce or eliminate any such negative influence. How to change protocol and preserve effective mosquito control and wildlife management is a decision of great complexity because: a) the relationships between estuarine organisms and the fringing salt marshes at the land-water interface are complex, and b) impounded marshes are currently good habitat for a variety of species of fish and wildlife. Most data collection by scientists and managers in the area has not been focused on this particular problem. Furthermore, collection of needed data may not be possible before changes in protocol are demanded. Therefore, the purpose of this document is two-fold: 1) to suggest management alternatives, given existing information, and 2) to help identify research needs that have a high probability of leading to improved simultaneous management of mosquitos, waterfowl, other wildlife, freshwater fish, and estuarine fish and shellfish on the marshland of the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. (92 page document)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Conceptual model of salt marsh management on Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida: final report
Personal Creator/Author:
CreatorsEmail
Montague, C. L.
Percival, H. Franklin
Zale, A. V.
Series Name: Technical report - Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Number: 17
Date: 1985
Publisher: Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit , University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, FL
Latitude: 28.5414
Longitude: -80.6726
Projects: Research Work Order no. 15
Issuing Agency: Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
Additional Information: Supported by: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration in cooperation with U.S. Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service Cooperative Agreement No. 14-16-0009-1544
Uncontrolled Keywords: salt grass; Merritt Island; Florida
Subjects: Conservation
Management
Biology
Item ID: 1245
Depositing User: Stephanie Haas
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2008 14:14
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 20:55
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/1245

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