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Having a baseline level of presence and distribution of habitats, composition and abundance of species that depend on those habitats (including salinity and temperature ranges), and updated maps to graphically represent these parameters and how they change over time are all essential tools needed to effectively manage BBAP. Addressing issues such as marine debris is important in assessing the overall health of Biscayne Bay. Marine debris presents a real and chronic threat to wildlife and public safety. Entanglement, ingestion and toxins are issues related to debris of various materials. The presence of debris detracts from the aesthetic value of natural landscapes. Marine debris can include paper and plastic products, construction debris, derelict vessels and derelict fisheries gear.

Marine debris at the Little River

The Little River, fouled by marine debris.

Sea level rise and climate change are also major issues affecting the health of the bay's resources. New research suggests that while at large the ocean floor covered by aquatic vegetation is less than half of one percent, these communities sequester up to 70 percent of the earth's carbon dioxide emissions and keep CO2 sequestered for hundreds or thousands of years, beyond the scale of rainforest trees which is merely decades. Beyond that, these communities - such as seagrasses, mangroves, and macroalgal communities - are being lost at a rate faster than rainforests.

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