Program Info

Seagrass ecology, Bi-annual monitoring in February and August, Fixed transects with repeat sampling stations, Beginning and end of bed vary each year, Water quality
Seagrass species composition, species abundance (Braun Blanquet), total seagrass abundance (Braun Blanquet), blade lengths (cm), shoot counts, epiphyte loading, sediment type, water depth (cm), dissolved oxygen (mg/L), transparency (secchi depth), salinity (PSU), water temperature (C)
Estero Bay transects are labelled with the "SITE" = EB#: EB01, EB02, EB03, EB04, EB05. Site locations are included in CHAP_SampleStations_MidPoint_MA.xlsx. Transect mid-points are used to represent the location of each transect. Data is provided by Charlotte Harbor Seagrass Monitoring (program 570) for both program 570 (CHEP) and 5721 (Estero Bay).
To collect baseline conditions within Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve for post impact comparisons and to help address management issues of the resource.
SAV evaluated for total cover using the Braun-Blanquet method (0.1: solitary, 0.5: few, 1: < 5%, 2: 5–25%, 3: 26–50%, 4: 51–75%, 5: 76–100%) and by species with regularly-spaced 1 m × 1 m quadrats along transects (n=5) from shore to deep edge of the SAV. Blade lengths (cm), shoot counts, epiphyte cover category, sediment type and water depth (cm) are also recorded for each quadrat. Salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, secchi depth and PAR also measured at the mid- and deepest end points along each transect.
Data Location
By Request
Data Format
MS Access database
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
SEACAR Citation
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP); Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection (RCP); Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve. (2022). Estero Bay Seagrass Monitoring. Updated 05/18/2023. Distributed by: SEACAR Data Discovery Interface, Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection, Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Alternative Citation

indicates priority attributes

Export Standardized Data

Habitat(s) : Indicator(s) Last Updated File Download
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation : Percent Cover (by species) 09/20/23 09:55 PM Download File - SAV - 571.txt
DIP Document N/A Download File - DIP

Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection Managed Areas

Estero Bay


Submerged Aquatic Vegetation - Percent Cover (by species)
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation - Additional Indicators

Documentation and Data provided by program

File Type File Name Added On Details
Data SEACAR CHAP Seagrass 6_20.xlsx 01/22/21 11:20 AM View Details
GIS 2017_EBAP Seagrass Site Locations.docx 12/11/18 03:33 PM View Details
GIS CHAP_SampleStations_MidPoint_MA.xlsx 01/26/21 01:22 PM View Details
Logo DEP_logo_2019.png 04/08/19 01:57 PM View Details
Protocols 2017_EBAP_Seagrass Sampling Protocol.docx 12/11/18 03:33 PM View Details
Protocols 2017_EBAP_Seagrass Sampling Protocol.pdf 08/15/19 02:26 PM View Details
Protocols CHAP Seagrass Monitoring Protocols_2015.pdf 07/17/18 02:49 PM View Details
Protocols Seagrass Data request disclaimer.doc 07/17/18 02:49 PM View Details