Seagrass and Aquatic Habitat Assessment Workshop Summary

United States Geological Survey, Florida Marine Research Institute, NOAA Coastal Services Center (1998) Seagrass and Aquatic Habitat Assessment Workshop Summary. St. Petersburg, FlL, Florida Marine Research Institute,

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Abstract

Seagrass communities are among the richest and most productive, photoautotrophic coastal systems in the world. They protect and improve water quality, provide shoreline stabilization, and are important habitats for an array of fish, birds, and other wildlife. Hence, much can be gained by protecting and restoring these important living resources. Human’s impact on these vital resources from population growth, pollution, and physical damage from boating and other activities can disrupt the growth of these seagrasses communities and have devastating effects on their health and vitality. Inventory and monitoring are required to determine the dynamics of seagrasses and devise better protection and restoration for these rich resources. The purpose of this seagrass workshop, sponsored by NOAA’s CSC , USGS, and FMRI, was to move toward greater objectivity and accuracy in seagrass mapping and monitoring. This workshop helped foster interaction and communication among seagrass professionals. In order to begin the process of determining the best uniform mapping process for the biological research community. Increasing such awareness among the seagrass and management communities, it is hoped that an improved understanding of the monitoring and mapping process will lead to more effective and efficient preservation os submerged aquatic vegetation. (PDF contains 20 pages)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Seagrass and Aquatic Habitat Assessment Workshop Summary
Corporate Creator/Author: United States Geological Survey, Florida Marine Research Institute, NOAA Coastal Services Center
Date: 1998
Publisher: Florida Marine Research Institute
Place of Publication: St. Petersburg, FlL
Issuing Agency: United States National Ocean Service
Additional Information: Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Subjects: Ecology
Management
Environment
Item ID: 2220
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2009 18:48
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 19:26
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2220

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