Program Info

This project will address boat damage to shallow seagrass beds in the Florida Panhandle by restoring scars located primarily in turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum) habitats in St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve in Gulf County. Additional potential sites include Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve in Franklin County, and St. Andrews Aquatic Preserve, in Bay County. This project will also Install non-regulatory Shallow Seagrass Area signage, update existing signage and buoys where applicable, and install educational signage and provide educational brochures about best practices for protecting seagrass habitats at popular boat ramps in St. Joseph Bay, Alligator Harbor, and St. Andrews Bay. The restoration work includes surveying and mapping scarring within the seagrass habitats in the three Aquatic Preserves.
Species identification within restored scar; Species coverage (percent coverage) within restored scar; and % of scar restored.
Project is in planning stages. Data is not available. Installation begins summer 2020, and data should be available in 2021.
Address boat damage to SAV
Braun-Blanquet. Per Jon Brucker: they will monitor species identification within restored scar; species coverage (percent coverage) within restored scar; % of scar restored. Performance Criteria: i. Two growing seasons (approximately 18 to 24 months) after placement of sediment tubes, bird stakes, and signage, scars that do not naturally revegetate to a minimum score of 3 (25 to 50% cover) on the Braun-Blanquet scale will be planted with seagrass species transplanted from potential donor sites within the AP, or seagrass planting units will be purchased and installed, as funding allows. ii. At year 3, treated scars revegetate to a minimum score of 4 (50 to 75% coverage) on the Braun-Blanquet scale in scarred areas at the completion of the project, using the Braun-Blanquet assessment method, or other appropriate techniques.
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RCP Program not part of SEACAR analysis
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Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection Managed Areas


RCP Program not part of SEACAR analysis - Additional Indicators

Documentation and Data provided by program

File Type File Name Added On Details
Data NRDAScarMonitoringDataRound2.xlsx 02/06/24 11:55 AM View Details
Data Scar Monitoring Data 2021.xlsx 03/03/22 01:07 PM View Details
GIS Prop Scar Lines, Points, and Polygons 03/03/22 01:07 PM View Details
Logo DEP_logo_2019.png 04/08/19 01:57 PM View Details
Protocols 2019.11.22 FDEP Seagrass Sediment Tube Restoration Plan FINAL.pdf 03/03/22 01:07 PM View Details
Protocols FloridaSeagrassRecoveryMonitoringPlan_10-27-15.pdf 08/26/19 11:09 AM View Details
Report CPAP Seagrass Recovery Report 2022.pdf 10/19/22 09:29 AM View Details
Report CPAP Seagrass Recovery Report 2023.pdf 03/29/24 08:53 AM View Details