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Sarasota Environmental Aquatics Team - Seagrass Survey Program

The Sarasota Environmental Aquatics (SEA) Team is a group of Sarasota County volunteers whose work has made positive impacts on our bays. Whether they are seeding scallops or surveying seagrass, this team of energetic volunteers provides scientists with valuable information.Seagrass survey volunteers boat or kayak Sarasota’s bays and document the types of seagrass they see. Seagrass is vital to maintaining healthy aquatic ecosystems, stabilizing shorelines and providing food and shelter for a variety of wildlife, including scallops, manatees and sea turtles. The information gathered by seagrass survey volunteers allows scientists to better understand and manage these important ecosystems. Many volunteers find surveying seagrass fun, easy and rewarding.

Requirements: Attend a two-hour training session and be available a few days during the months of February or August. Note: Volunteers should have their own GPS, boat or kayak, but when possible, those who do not will be paired with those who do.

Putting an Economic Value to Seagrasses

by Administrator Tuesday, 07 December 2010 04:11 PM
The Seagrass-Watch magazine issue 41, Jun 2010 is now online!

 

Article synopsis by TeamSeaGrass http://teamseagrass.blogspot.com/2010/07/singapore-oil-spill-in-seagrass-watch.html

The lead feature of this issue explores the important issue of putting an economic value to seagrasses: "Many would argue that ecological systems are 'priceless'. However, by not valuing natural resources, when decisions are made, the value may be assumed to be zero" begins the authors in the introduction.

The article discusses the why and how of pricing seagrass meadows. And provides a table of some astonishing values.