Fish and Wildlife Research Institute


Active Projects

Learn more about current, ongoing research on seagrass habitat in Florida.

Evaluating Suwannee River Discharge Effects on Water Quality in Big Bend Region

Scientists are developing methods to relate satellite imagery to water quality in Florida’s Big Bend region to protect seagrass habitats.

Springs Coast Seagrass Monitoring

Scientists are evaluating the health of seagrass beds in the Springs Coast region.

Accelerating Recovery of Seagrass Habitats

Researchers are working to develop a cost-effective, reliable procedure to accelerate recovery of seagrass habitats.

Florida Bay Fisheries Habitat Assessment Program (FHAP)

The Florida Bay Fisheries Assessment Program is a project designed to assess the distribution and status of Florida Bay fisheries habitats in which seagrasses and microalgae are present.

Turtle Grass Health Study Yields New Approach to Ecosystem Assessment

An assessment of turtle grass populations helped develop the methods and framework for a statewide seagrass management program that is still ongoing.

Seagrass Restoration

Seagrass restoration will be both economically and environmentally beneficial to Tampa Bay. In addition to improving water quality, healthy seagrass beds benefit important fishery species such as snook, seatrout, and shrimp.

Seagrass Integrated Mapping and Monitoring Program

This is a statewide, collaborative program which facilitates the collection and publication of monitoring and mapping data for Florida seagrasses in order to assess the status and trends of this vital ecosystem.

FWC Facts:
The Gulf sturgeon spawns 140 miles upstream from the mouth of the Suwannee River, one of the last pristine rivers with no dams to bar its path.

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