|Ecosystem Science at Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve
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).
- Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS).
- Florida Department of Health.
- Canaveral National Seashore (CNS).
- University of Central Florida.
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
- 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
- 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.
September 24, 2010
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