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Blind Pass

Blind Pass

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located within Little Sarasota Bay 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 Blind Pass

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 Blind Pass

    No artifical reefs exist within this waterbody.
     
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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 256 3%
    Bulkhead 5,132 59%
    Deep Wetland 1,580 18%
    Patchy Wetland 73 1%
    Riprap 73 1%
    Solid Wetland 1,580 18%
    Upland Shoreline 0 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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