Program Info

Website
https://www.habitatblueprint.noaa.gov/habitat-focus-areas/biscayne-bay-florida/ ; https://www.evergladesrestoration.gov/bbrrct/
Region(s)
SE
Summary
IBBEAM combines four previously independent efforts involved in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) for greater uniformity, consistency, and efficiency in data collection, management, and presentation, while also enabling new, cross-component analyses to be performed. The components include: (1) water quality (temperature and salinity); (2) submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV); (3) epifaunal fishes and invertebrates; and (4) mangrove-associated fishes. Sampling is conducted at 47 sites located between Shoal Point and Turkey Point along the western shoreline of southern Biscayne Bay. Sampling is conducted twice each year, dry season (Jan-April) and wet season (July-Sept). Spatial patterns and temporal trajectories of key metrics stemming from each IBBEAM component are organized in a consistent format in an integrated data file, and a cohesive data analysis approach is taken that allows side-by-side comparisons of metrics at the same spatiotemporal resolution. Habitat Suitability Models, Indicator species identification, and Salinity Indices (e.g. Mesohaline Index - proportion of salinity observation 5 and <18) have been developed from IBBEAM data to fill knowledge gaps about southwestern Biscayne Bay's nearshore biota that may be affected by CERP implementation. Relationships of biota with salinity were determined, identifying a subset of species whose distribution and abundance respond quantitatively to change in salinity. IBBEAM results provide a scientific basis for the development of a suite of ecological performance measures for assessment and use in adaptive management.
Parameters
seagrass/algae BBAC
Notes
Application
Publications
Start
2005
End
Current
Frequency
Semiannual
Method
Discontinuity
Data Location
Data Format

Habitats
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Water Column
Recommended Citation

indicates priority attributes

Contacts

Program Extent

Export Standardized Data

Habitat(s) : Indicator(s) Last Updated File Download

Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection Managed Areas

Indicators

Indicator
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation - Percent Cover (by species)
Water Column - Water Quality
Water Column - Nekton
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation - Additional Indicators

Documentation and Data provided by program

File Type File Name Added On
Logo noaa.png 07/15/21 12:53 PM
Protocols 2017_IBBEAM_Fifth_Annual Report_FINAL.pdf 09/21/18 01:52 PM