Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

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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.



Active Projects

Learn more about current, ongoing research on seagrass habitat in Florida.

Completed Projects

Learn about past, completed research on Florida's seagrass habitats, including restoration and monitoring methods.

Roadblocks to Seagrass Recovery

This project is funded by the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund which disperses criminal penalty monies paid by TransOcean and BP due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The project assesses conditions in shallow waters in the estuaries in Florida’s Panhandle and Big Bend to determine what factors may be preventing seagrass recovery in areas where seagrasses have disappeared. A spatial model developed by this project will provide managers and scientists an assessment of local conditions in each estuary and the potential of success for seagrass restoration projects.


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