Seagrass Integrated Mapping and Monitoring Program

Reports of the Seagrass Integrated Mapping and Monitoring (SIMM) Program

The FWC's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute developed the SIMM program to protect and manage seagrasses in Florida by providing a collaborative resource for seagrass mapping, monitoring, and data sharing. The statewide report is the second produced by the SIMM program to provide scientists, resource managers, legislators, and other stakeholders a summary of the status of Florida seagrasses. Chapters reporting on seagrasses in Florida estuaries and coastal waters are revised and uploaded on an as-needed basis as new information becomes available.Turtlegrass Quadrant

The editors organized the reports to provide information to a wide range of readers. The Executive Summary Adobe PDF gives an overview of the stressors affecting seagrass ecosystems, monitoring and mapping efforts throughout Florida, and a statewide summary of seagrass status. The Introduction Adobe PDF presents the history of the SIMM program and the rationale for developing it. Chapters provide information from researchers and managers on each estuary or region of Florida coastal waters. The 23 regional chapters are listed in geographical order below, beginning in the western Panhandle and ending with the northern Indian River Lagoon on Florida's east coast. In each chapter, contributors provide a concise overall assessment and color-coded "report cards" of seagrass status, as well as a map of the distribution of seagrass beds in the estuary or subregion, created using the latest available mapping product. Chapters include data and information from monitoring, mapping, and management programs. Additional information on the region is provided, including geography, geology, watershed characteristics, and human development. Water quality data and assessment, including light available to seagrasses, are presented where available. Data collection methods and availability are described, and a list of pertinent reports, scientific publications, websites, and contact information for chapter authors is provided at the end of each chapter.

 

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Authors, Contributors, and SIMM Team Members Adobe PDF 

Acknowledgements Adobe PDF 

Abstract Adobe PDF 

Executive Summary Adobe PDF 

Introduction Adobe PDF 

Chapter Reports

Perdido Bay Adobe PDF 

Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound Adobe PDF 

Santa Rosa Sound and Big Lagoon
(now appears in Pensacola Bay and Santa Rosa Sound) 

Choctawhatchee Bay Adobe PDF 

St. Andrew Bay Adobe PDF 

St. Joseph Bay  Adobe PDF

Franklin County Coastal Waters Adobe PDF 

Northern Big Bend Adobe PDF 

Southern Big Bend Adobe PDF 

Suwannee Sound, Cedar Keys and Waccasassa Bay Adobe PDF 

Springs Coast Adobe PDF 

Western Pinellas County Adobe PDF

Tampa Bay Adobe PDF 

Sarasota Bay Adobe PDF 

Charlotte Harbor Region Adobe PDF 

Estero Bay Adobe PDF 

Rookery Bay Adobe PDF 

Ten Thousand Islands Adobe PDF 

Florida Keys region Adobe PDF 

Florida Bay Adobe PDF

Biscayne Bay Adobe PDF 

Lake Worth Lagoon Adobe PDF 

Southern Indian River Adobe PDF 

Northern Indian River Adobe PDF

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