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  • Water Quality

    Water quality monitoring plays a major role in the BBSAP's understanding of natural and human impacts on coastal waters. Researchers use water quality data to document short and long term changes within the water column in an effort to quantify the spatial and temporal variability and trends. These are applied both seasonally and as a function of tidal forcing, of the selected abiotic parameters (e.g. establish baseline data) within BBSAP. Water quality affects humans and other parts of the environment; accordingly, it is essential to develop a proficient water quality monitoring program to recognize and prevent potential negative impacts to BBSAP.
  • Management and Protection of Seagrasses

    Seagrass beds are one of the most productive habitats found in the world. The rich biodiversity that make up seagrass habitats plays a critical ecological and environmental role to Florida's coastal communities. BBSAP is the second largest contiguous area of seagrass habitat in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Seagrass monitoring is an integral part of mapping the total acreage of Florida's seagrasses.
  • Public Access and Use

    BBSAP encourages sustainable use of natural resources while minimizing user impacts. With approximately 150 miles of coastline consisting of relatively undeveloped, rural landscapes, the Big Bend region provides many opportunities for the public to enjoy BBSAP’s natural resources. Popular recreational activities include, but are not limited to: boating, fishing, kayaking, birding and hiking. Commercial fishing and shellfish harvesting industries rely on the optimal conditions in the Big Bend region. Public support and interagency participation are imperative to protecting natural resources.



Last updated: November 24, 2015

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