Southwest Florida Seagrass Working Group Meeting

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

9:00 AM - Noon

Sarasota County Utilities “BOB” Building

1001 Sarasota Center Blvd

Sarasota, FL 34240

(941) 861-0810


  • Welcome and Introductions (Lindsay Cross, TBEP)
  • 2014 SWFWMD Aerial Seagrass Mapping Update (Kris Kaufman, SWFWMD)
  • Old Tampa Bay Historical (1970s) Seagrass Map (Kris Kaufman, SWFWMD)
  • Facilitated Discussion on Refinement of Tidal Flats (Kris Kaufman, SWFWMD)
    • Definition for Mapping & Ecological Assessment
    • *District staff requests Working Group input to improve the existing definition:
    • Tidal Flats areas are delineated using code of 6510. Tidal Flats are areas of sand or mud that are exposed at least once during the year or are capable of supporting seagrass populations for that segment of the water body (i.e. approximately six feet of depth).
  • Historic Seagrass Mapping in Rookery Bay (Thomas Ries, Scheda Ecological)
  • How Herbivory & Bioturbation Impact SAV Restoration (Carter Henne, Aquatic Ecosystem Solutions)
  • The Rainbow of Death: Caloosahatchee SAV Trends since 1998 (James Douglass, Florida Gulf Coast University)
  • General Seagrass Discussion

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