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Main Title Data Summary from the Tampa Bay Interagency Seagrass Monitoring Program through the Year 2002.
CORP Author City of Tampa Bay Study Groups, Fl.;Tampa Bay National Estuary Program, St. Petersburg, FL.
Publisher 1 Oct 2003
Year Published 2003
Report Number TBNEP-03-03;
Stock Number PB2005-104754
Additional Subjects Tampa Bay ; Sea grasses ; Monitoring ; Marine biology ; Aquatic plants ; Composition ; Distribution ; Abundance ; Data collection ; Trends ; Spatial distribution ; Temporal distribution ; TBISP(Tampa Bay Interagency Seagrass Monitoring Program)
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NTIS  PB2005-104754 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. NTIS 07/12/2006
Collation 80p
Abstract The state of Tampa Bays seagrass meadows have become an important issue in the past three decades as scientist and environmental managers have worked to reverse the detrimental effect of eutrophication upon this important habitat within the estuarine ecosystem. Seagrass coverage in Tampa Bay declined from about 16,000ha in 1950 to near 8800ha in 1982. This decline was a result of anthropogenic impacts such as dredge and fill operations and excessive nutrient discharge to the bay. However, nutrient load reductions began to ameliorate eutrophic conditions during the 1980s and as water clarity improved, seagrass began to recolonize several areas of the bay. The Tampa Bay National Estuary Program (now named Tampa Bay Estuary Program or TBEP) established restoration goals for Tampa Bay by advocating control of nutrients discharged to Tampa Bay thus controlling conditions that potentially could allow Tampa Bay to digress back into a more eutrophic system. Seagrass was chosen as the biological barometer to gauge the effectiveness of the nutrient reduction strategy. It was postulated that improved water clarity resulting from reduced phytoplankton biomass would allow restoration of seagrass coverage. Using the nutrient reduction paradigm, the TBEP set a restoration goal of similar seagrass acreage to that found in 1950. In 1997, the TBEP coordinated the creation of a bay-wide fixed transect seagrass monitoring program. The primary goal of the program is to document temporal and spatial changes in seagrass species composition, abundance, and distribution along a depth gradient. Several bay area agencies committed personnel and equipment to the program. Data collection began along sixty transects in 1998.
Supplementary Notes Sponsored by Tampa Bay National Estuary Program, St. Petersburg, FL.
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