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  • Mapping and Monitoring
    An integral component to any management efforts is knowing where the resource is and its current condition. However, the natural communities of submerged lands surrounding the state are often poorly mapped or not mapped at all. The Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas (CAMA) is helping to map submerged habitats, including seagrass beds, throughout the state. CAMA also monitors the health of seagrass beds that are already mapped as well as factors that can contribute to their health such as water quality.
Seagrass Awareness Display
  • Education and Outreach
    Since seagrasses are underwater, their importance and even existence is not well understood by the public. Educating the public about their importance, the threats that seagrasses face and how members of the public can help protect seagrasses or minimize those threats is another important means of protecting seagrasses. Events such as Seagrass Awareness Month or lectures on seagrasses can help educate the public. Posting signs to educate boaters about the importance of seagrasses or inform them of their presence are also important.
Donor seagrass plants
  • Restoration
    Seagrasses have been reduced from 5 million to 2 million acres since the 1950s and continue to face several threats. In addition, they are slow to recover from damages. CAMA is working with other agencies to find ways to better protect seagrasses and to return them to areas where they have been lost.
 
  • Public Use
    CAMA is working with other agencies to determine appropriate sites for mooring fields to give boaters opportunities to anchor while minimizing the disturbance to seagrasses and other submerged natural communities.

Last updated: March 04, 2013

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