Program Info

Website
https://floridadep.gov/fco/aquatic-preserve
Region(s)
NW
Summary
Seagrass monitoring for Central Panhandle Aquatic Preserves, including: Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve, St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve, St. Andrews Bay Aquatic Preserve, and Apalachicola Bay Aquatic Preserve is being added. Monitoring program includes seagrass ecology, water quality, and water clarity. Monitoring period started 2003 in Alligator Harbor, 2002 in St. Joseph Bay, 2015 in St. Andrews Bay, and planned to start soon in Apalachicola Bay.
Parameters
Seagrass and macroalgae cover (Braun-Blanquet), species, canopy height, epiphyte coverage and type, sediment type, other organisms present, biomass samples, epiphyte, underwater photographs/video, depth (m), dissolved oxygen (mg/L), temperature (C), salinity (ppt), pH, turbidity, transparency (secchi depth, m), light attenuation, wind speed (mph), wind direction
Notes
Central Panhandle Aquatic Preserves manages the data for Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve, St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve, St. Andrews Bay Aquatic Preserve, and Apalachicola Bay Aquatic Preserve
Application
To provide scientists, resource managers, legislators, and other stakeholders a summary of the status of seagrasses in Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve, St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve, St. Andrews Bay Aquatic Preserve, and Apalachicola Bay Aquatic Preserve.
Publications
Reports
Start
2003
End
Current
Frequency
Annual
Method
Four randomly placed 1m x 1m quadrats at each station and Braun-Blanquet percent cover assessment of each seagrass and macroalage species, as well as total cover for all macroalgae species combined, all seagrass species combined and all SAV combined. Other observations include seagrass blade length (cm), epiphyte density, sediment type and presence of urchins, bay scallops, prop scars and "blowouts." Water quality parameters (temperature, salinity, pH and dissolved oxygen) measured at each station using a YSI ProDSS handheld sonde. laboratory analysis, underwater photographs or video
Discontinuity
Monitoring started: Alligator Harbor (2003), St. Joseph Bay (2002), St. Andrews Bay (2015), planned to start soon in Apalachicola Bay. 2010-2015 in St Joseph Bay and 2010-2017 in Alligator Harbor.
Data Location
By Request
Data Format
Excel files
Habitats
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Water Column
SEACAR Citation
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP); Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection (RCP); Central Panhandle Aquatic Preserves. (2023). Central Panhandle Aquatic Preserves Seagrass Monitoring. Updated 05/15/2024. Distributed by: SEACAR Data Discovery Interface, Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection, Florida Department of Environmental Protection. https://data.florida-seacar.org/programs/details/557
Alternative Citation

indicates priority attributes

Contacts

Export Standardized Data

Habitat(s) : Indicator(s) Last Updated File Download
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation : Percent Cover 07/08/24 12:57 PM Download File - SAV - 557.zip
Water Column : Water Quality, Water Clarity 07/11/24 01:57 PM Download File - Discrete WQ - 557.zip
DIP Document N/A Download File - DIP

Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection Managed Areas

Alligator Harbor, Apalachicola Bay, Apalachicola NERR, St. Andrews, St. Joseph Bay

Indicators

Indicator
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation - Percent Cover
Water Column - Water Quality
Water Column - Water Clarity
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation - Additional Indicators

Documentation and Data provided by program

File Type File Name Added On Details
Data CPAP Seagrass Master File Updated.zip 02/25/21 10:57 AM View Details
Data CPAP Seagrass Master Files 2022.zip 03/03/22 01:00 PM View Details
Data CPAP Seagrass Master Files Update Oct 2022.zip 10/19/22 09:33 AM View Details
Data CPAP Seagrass Master Files.zip 06/01/20 10:22 AM View Details
Data CPAP Seagrass Monitoring Data.zip 11/13/19 09:01 AM View Details
Data ID_0557_CentralPanhandleAP_SAV.zip 07/19/18 01:18 PM View Details
Data Program 557 Species Code Matching.xlsx 04/10/24 01:11 PM View Details
Data SJB Seagrass Master Files 2023.zip 05/06/24 01:55 PM View Details
GIS CPAP Official Seagrass Monitoring Stations 2019.zip 11/13/19 09:01 AM View Details
GIS GIS Station Locations.zip 07/31/18 02:10 PM View Details
GIS Program557_SGI Transects Locations.xlsx 02/22/21 04:07 PM View Details
Logo DEP_logo_2019.png 04/08/19 01:57 PM View Details
Protocols CPAP Seagrass Protocol.docx 07/19/18 01:18 PM View Details
Report franklin-county-coastal.pdf 07/19/18 01:18 PM View Details
Report st-andrew-bay.pdf 07/19/18 01:18 PM View Details