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located within the following watersheds: Sarasota Bay Watershed, Gulf of Mexico Watershed

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Explore general as well as scientific information about the movement, chemistry and biology of area surface water environments.

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Seagrass

Seagrass
Among the most important habitats in Florida's estuarine environments, seagrass beds are indispensable for the role they play in cycling nutrients, supplying food for wildlife, stabilizing sediments, and providing habitat for juvenile and adult finfish and shellfish. Use the interactive map below to observe the size, density and location of seagrass beds from year to year. The graph shows how the total amount of seagrass in the bay has changed over time. Learn more about seagrasses »

Interactive Seagrass Coverage Viewer

This interactive map shows seagrass extents as they existed between 2004 and 2012. Use the slider to toggle the year being displayed to demonstrate how seagrass coverage has changed over time.

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Seagrass Acreage Variation within Sarasota Bay

Total seagrass coverage is currently being recalculated to accommodate recent bay boundary realignments. The data presented below represents seagrass distribution based on the older boundaries.
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Compare Seagrass Acreage for All Bays

Source(s): Southwest Florida Water Management District

 
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Artificial Reefs

Water Quality Index
Artificial reefs are created by the placing steel and concrete in carefully selected locations. Once the structure is established, tiny free-floating creatures attach, grow, and quickly attract larger marine life and fish. These lush natural-looking reefs replace lost habitats while creating recreational opportunities for fishing and diving. Learn more about artificial reefs »

Artificial Reef Locations in Sarasota Bay

Reef Site Latitude Longitude Depth (ft) Deploy Date No. of Structures Materials
BAYSHORE SOUTH º
'
º
'
1 UNKNOWN
BAYSHORE-NORTH REEFBALLS 27º
24.486'
82º
36.09'
10 2/5/2004 1 MODULES CONCRETE REEFBALLS
BRADENTON BEACH PEER º
'
º
'
1 UNKNOWN
COKER REEF 27º
18.696'
82º
32.532'
9 6/25/1987 1 CONCRETE BLOCKS
EAST OF WHALE KEY REEF º
'
º
'
1 UNKNOWN
EVANS REEF 27º
19.71'
82º
33.456'
10 3/12/1991 2 CONCRETE BLOCKS
GERKIN REEF 27º
20.424'
82º
33.288'
12 7/30/1999 1 MODULES CONCRETE REEFBALLS
HART #2 REEF 27º
22.038'
82º
34.542'
12 6/25/1987 6 CONCRETE BLOCKS, MODULES CONCRETE REEFBALLS
JANTZEN REEF 27º
19.662'
82º
33.882'
14 5/22/1989 4 CONCRETE BLOCKS, MODULES CONCRETE REEFBALLS
LIDO CHANNEL MARKERS REEFS 27º
19.224'
82º
34.212'
11 11/18/1996 5 MODULES CONCRETE REEFBALLS, WOOD MARKER POLES
MILLER REEF 27º
20.19'
82º
34.548'
21 4/26/1995 1 CONCRETE BLOCKS
MOTE REEFS 27º
20.412'
82º
33.306'
15 11/13/1999 4 MODULES PVC, MODULES CONCRETE REEFBALLS, PVC MODULES
POWERS REEF 27º
18.864'
82º
34.29'
13 4/7/1993 1 CONCRETE BLOCKS
SAPRITO PIER REEF 27º
20.028'
82º
33.372'
10 9/29/1998 1 MODULES CONCRETE REEFBALLS
SPORTFISH ANGLERS REEF 27º
21.078'
82º
35.88'
13 6/25/1998 1 MODULES CONCRETE REEFBALLS
WALKER REEF 27º
22.692'
82º
35.76'
12 10/10/1999 10 MODULES CONCRETE REEFBALLS

Source(s): Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

 
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Shoreline Morphology

Shoreline Morphology

The Sarasota Bay study area is highly urbanized. Since the early 1900s, dredge and fill activities and various shoreline hardening projects have resulted in significant losses of ecologically important habitats. This information was gathered as part of a study to assess restoration opportunities in the Sarasota Bay Estuary Program (SBEP) watershed.
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Shoreline Morphology as of 2002

Shore Morphology Shoreline Length (ft) Percentage of Shoreline
Beach 67,325 10%
Bulkhead 325,561 47%
Deep Wetland 62,801 9%
Patchy Wetland 28,971 4%
Riprap 70,607 10%
Solid Wetland 62,801 9%
Upland Shoreline 708 0

Source(s): Sarasota Bay Estuary Program

 
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Vegetation Sampling

Vegetation sampling is the identification and quantification of plant species and communities. Vegetation sampling is a tool used in environmental assessments and can inform a myriad of assessment goals including biomass availability, water quality concerns, management benchmarks, and determining the introduction and establishment of invasive species. Sampling can be conducted via destructive or non-destructive methods. Learn more about vegetation sampling from the links and documents listed below.

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