An edition of: WaterAtlas.orgPresented By: Sarasota County, USF Water Institute

Sarasota County Water Atlas


Oysters were first mapped in seventeen Sarasota County coastal creeks: Whitaker, Hudson, and Elligraw Bayous; and Phillippi, Matheny, Clower, Catfish, North, South, Shakett, Curry, Hatchett, Alligator, Woodmere, Forked, Gottfried, and Ainger Creeks. The original goal of the project was to locate and identify all oyster habitat types and devise a method to record their location. For the creeks, it was also to determine how far upstream oysters occurred. Aerial maps of the creeks were created and laminated. Staff used permanent markers to draw and code the oyster habitat types directly on the maps. The data was then transferred to maps in ARCGIS for storage, management, and analysis.

Creek Total Coverage Area
(m2)
Coverage Area (m2) by Oysters/Habitats
Oyster Reefs (R) Mangrove Apron (MA) Mangrove Root (MRO) Seawall (SW) Rip/Rap (RR) Piling (P) Clump (C) Shell (S)
Ainger Creek 10330.4 6963.3 305.5 161.5 1185.9 686.8 21.6 936.7 69
Alligator Creek 6973.3 2978 2095.4 16.9 13.7 15.2 1320.3 533.8
Catfish Creek Oyster data linked to Little Sarasota Bay
Clower Creek Oyster data linked to Little Sarasota Bay
Curry Creek Oyster data linked to Roberts Bay (Venice)
Elligraw Bayou Oyster data linked to Little Sarasota Bay
Forked Creek 5156.1 1207.4 84.2 276 1404.2 4.3 991.4 1188.6
Fox Creek* 178.5 - - - - - - 140.9 37.6
Gottfried Creek 15372.1 8628.8 2980.5 244.9 867.4 714.7 0.5 1414.3 521.1
Hatchett Creek Oyster data linked to Roberts Bay (Venice)
Hudson Bayou 2917.3 1186.5 132.5 616.4 2.7 618.7 360.5
Matheny Creek 109.87 1.7 58 8.7 0.9 40.5
North Creek 3658 2461.9 230.2 55.7 825.5 84.7
Phillippi Creek 25214 12660.4 1747.6 92.1 612.5 7048.5 3052.9
Salt Creek* 636.8 - - - 14.2 24.2 0.5 553.4 44.5
Shakett Creek 6339.4 1092.7 76.8 143.6 1169.3 0.5 3203.2 653.3
South Creek 11004.4 2150.7 2973.8 691.7 147.4 1347.8 4.1 3506.3 182.6
Whitaker Bayou 1362.4 - - - 984.4 78.2 - 146.2 153.6
Woodmere Creek Oyster data linked to Lemon Bay

* Fox and Salt creeks are not coastal creeks.