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Ecosystem Science at Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve Quick Topics

The Ecosystem Science Management Program within the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve (MLAP) is geared to assist various partner agencies and/or university researchers with ongoing research and monitoring efforts. Partner organizations include:

  • St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD).
  • Volusia County Environmental Health Laboratory (VCEHL).
  • Dynamac.
  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS).
  • Florida Department of Health.
  • Canaveral National Seashore (CNS).
  • University of Central Florida.
Seagrass sampling

Seagrass sampling

  • Diamondback Terrapin Monitoring
    Diamondback terrapin turtle monitoring will be implemented as a new program within Mosquito Lagoon to coincide with existing research in the Indian River Lagoon.

  • Colonial Water Bird Monitoring
    Staff and volunteers are monitoring water bird activity to provide better protection to important habitat types and areas.

  • Water Quality Monitoring
    Water quality monitoring within MLAP is conducted by Volusia County Environmental Health Lab and provides a good picture of water quality within Mosquito Lagoon.
     
  • Seagrass Monitoring
    St. Johns River Water Management District and Dynamac conduct bi-annual seagrass monitoring using underwater transects and aerial photography. The primary goal is to restore seagrass acreage to historic levels.

  • Fecal Coliform and Dinoflagellate Monitorirng
    DACS monitors fecal coliform and dinoflagellate abundance. An over-abundance of dinoflagellates can result in red tides which may require the closing of shellfish harvesting areas, as may elevated fecal coliform levels.

  • Oyster Reef Monitoring
    The Nature Conservancy and UCF are monitoring existing oyster reefs and oyster reef restoration and have shown oyster reefs in decline in high traffic areas. Existing oyster reefs are being mapped in the southern and middle Mosquito Lagoon.

  • Fisheries Independent Monitoring
    Fish community research and monitoring in Mosquito Lagoon has been accomplished primarily through collaboration among several state agencies and non-governmental organizations.

  • Wild Dolphin Health
    Scientists from Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and the National Ocean Service have conducted a 5-year study to assess the health of the resident population of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: September 24, 2010

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