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located within the following watersheds: Charlotte Harbor Watershed, Peace River Watershed, Pine Island Sound Matlacha Pass 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 Charlotte Harbor

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Note: For 2010, only acreage numbers for areas within SWFWMD are being presented; SFWMD data for 2010 is unavailable.

Compare Seagrass Acreage for All Bays

Source(s): Southwest Florida Water Management District

Source(s): St. Johns River 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 Charlotte Harbor

    Reef Site Latitude Longitude Depth (ft) Deploy Date No. of Structures Materials
    BOKEELIA REEF 26º
    43.038'
    82º
    9.642'
    10 12/31/1984 2 CONCRETE CULVERTS, CONCRETE RUBBLE
    CAPE HAZE REEFS 26º
    45.756'
    82º
    9.462'
    18 5/10/1995 4 CONCRETE CULVERTS, CONCRETE PIPE UNITS, MODULES STEEL UNITS, STEEL UNITS
    CHARLOTTE HARBOR REEFS 26º
    50.88'
    82º
    5.31'
    12 12/31/1983 9 BRIDGE CONCRETE, CONCRETE CULVERTS, CONCRETE HOLLOW SLAB, CONCRETE SEWER BOXES, MODULES CONCRETE REEFBALLS
    DANGER REEF 26º
    45.552'
    82º
    11.166'
    12 12/31/1988 1 SHIP STEEL CREWBOAT

    Source(s): Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

     
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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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    Birds

    Birds
    Some common birds in this region that you might see include - Great Blue Heron, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, White Ibis, Brown Pelican, Osprey, Wood Stork, Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, Bald Eagles and the endangered Florida Scrub-Jay.

    Wading Bird Colonies

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission conducted a statewide aerial survey between 26 January and 25 June 1999 to locate waterbird (herons, egrets, ibises, spoonbills, storks, anhingas, cormorants, and pelicans) breeding colonies and estimate colony size and species composition.

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