Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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Seagrasses

Florida’s seagrass beds are vital marine ecosystems, providing food, habitat and nursery areas for numerous species, shellfish, manatees and sea turtles. Research staff provides resource managers with data necessary to make effective decisions about the preservation, management and restoration of seagrass communities.



Seagrass Information

This section contains articles providing general information about seagrasses, such as a glossary of terms, additional links, seagrass biology and ecology, and answers to your most frequently asked questions.

Seagrass Projects

To successfully protect Florida's seagrasses, FWRI staff members work on many different types of aquatic vegetation-related projects. Some of FWRI's current biological research, monitoring, and mapping projects are described in this section.

Seagrass Publications

This section contains selected seagrass-related documents that are available for download.


FWC Facts:
Along the Florida coast, sea turtles annually make between 40,000 and 84,000 nests. Females nest every 2-3 years, laying several nests on sandy beaches.

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