Resource Management Programs of Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve
The overall goals of resource management within
Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve are:
- maintaining current, detailed resource inventories,
- improving water quality, and
- encouraging uses of adjacent uplands which protect and enhance the
resources in the aquatic preserves.
Specific resource management activities within the aquatic preserve include:
- development of a resource base map,
- participation in Charlotte Co. Marine Advisory Committee,
- coordination with aquaculture activities,
- NEP Technical Advisory Committee,
- coordinating volunteer monitoring,
- assistance with field and written project reviews.
One of the primary aims of the aquatic preserve program is to educate the general public and policy makers about
the importance of natural resources in the preserves and the effects of certain actions on those resources.
Specific educational activities within the preserves include aquatic preserve signs, educational displays,
presentations, conducting wading trips and participation in
Site specific research and monitoring activities conducted by aquatic preserve staff are coordinated with the
research and monitoring efforts of other agencies and institutions. The goals of the research program for the
preserves are as follows:
- Determine changes that are occurring in aquatic communities within the preserves.
- Encourage continuing research on specific issues within the preserves.
Specific research and monitoring activities within the aquatic preserves include:
- Managing the Volunteer Water Monitoring Program.
- Conducting monthly Lower Charlotte Harbor and Lower Lemon Bay water sampling.
- Conducting annual Seagrass Monitoring in aquatic
- Conducting Colonial Water Bird Nest Monitoring and
Protection along with
Fishing Line Cleanups of nesting islands.
Resource Management Concerns
Resource management concerns specific to the aquatic preserve include: increasing
boat traffic, protection of listed species and their habitats, removal of littoral
vegetation, exotic species, protection of archaeological sites, hydrology
restoration, dredging impacts, and stormwater and wastewater discharges.
August 17, 2010
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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