Program Info

Website
http://www.pinellascounty.org/environment/watershed/monitoring.htm
Region(s)
SW
Summary
Seagrass ecology, water quality, water clarity. Braun-blanquet method: 1998-2005, 14 fixed transects and 2006 - current randomized sampling design in Clearwater Harbor and St Joseph Sound; 1998 – current, 11 fixed transects in Boca Ciega Bay and 2 fixed transects in Feather Sound. 30m transects are lain generally north-to-south. At 0m, 5m, 10m, 15m, 20m, 25m and 25m and 30m, species present, % coverage, visual appearance, depth, epiphytic coverage and type and sediment are recorded. At 0m, 15m and 30m, 3 10cmX10cm square short shoot counts are made for each species present and 5 blade lengths are measured. Hydrolabtm data is collected at each site and field observations are made of weather, tide, secchi. Lat/Longs are recorded from the GPS.
Parameters
Species present, Percent cover (%), blade length, shoot count, epiphytes present, sediment types, depth (m), algae present, pH, temperature (C), salinity (ppt), dissolved oxygen (mg/L), transmissivity, light attenuation
Notes
Seagrass beds are monitored as part of a regional program administered by the Tampa Bay Estuary Program.
Application
To provide scientists, resource managers, legislators, and other stakeholders a summary of the status of seagrasses in coastal waters of Western Pinellas County, Florida.
Publications
https://www.pinellascounty.org/environment/watershed/pdf/Pinellas_County_Seagrass_Report_1998-2010.pdf SIMM Report - https://myfwc.com/media/11889/western-pinellas-county-coastal-waters.pdf
Start
1998
End
Current
Frequency
Annual
Method
30m transects are lain generally north-to-south. At 0m, 5m, 10m, 15m, 20m, 25m and 25m and 30m, species present, % coverage, visual appearance, depth, epiphytic coverage and type and sediment are recorded. At 0m, 15m and 30m, 3 10cmX10cm square short shoot counts are made for each species present and 5 blade lengths are measured.
Discontinuity
2006 sampling design was modified in Clearwater Harbor and St Joseph Sound. Alternating annual sampling started in 2020.
Data Location
By Request
Data Format
excel
Habitats
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
SEACAR Citation
Pinellas County (Florida); Department of Environmental Management; Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP). (2019). Western Pinellas County Seagrass Monitoring. Updated 06/30/2020. Distributed by: SEACAR Data Discovery Interface, Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection, Florida Department of Environmental Protection. https://data.florida-seacar.org/programs/details/564
Alternative Citation

indicates priority attributes

Contacts

Export Standardized Data

Habitat(s) : Indicator(s) Last Updated File Download
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation : Percent Cover 03/29/24 02:21 PM Download File - SAV - 564.txt
DIP Document N/A Download File - DIP

Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection Managed Areas

Boca Ciega Bay, Pinellas County

Indicators

Indicator
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation - Percent Cover

Documentation and Data provided by program

File Type File Name Added On Details
Data 2020 FD_seagrass.xlsx 02/02/21 08:10 AM View Details
Data Clearwater Harbor-St Joe Sound SG Data 2011-2019.xlsx 03/30/20 03:07 PM View Details
Data FD_seagrass_2019 random transects.xlsx 04/17/20 12:00 AM View Details
GIS Clearwater Harbor-St Joseph Sound seagrass targets 2006-2018.xlsx 03/20/19 03:57 PM View Details
GIS Program564_BadLocations.xlsx 01/25/21 09:28 AM View Details
Protocols Ambient Coastal Strata Map.jpg 03/28/19 07:09 AM View Details
Protocols Metadata 2006-present_copy.pdf 01/22/19 12:02 PM View Details