IBBEAM- EPIFAUNA

Biscayne Bay is near the downstream end of the massive Southern and Central Florida Water Management System, which is being modified by the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project (CERP). Epifauna (i.e., shrimp, crabs, and small fishes) in nearshore Biscayne Bay are being monitored twice annually, wet and dry season, at 47 sites along the mainland shoreline to assess the effects of freshwater inflow changes brought about by CERP implementation. Bottom vegetation and salinity are being monitored concurrently in collaborative efforts. Statistical analyses were used to identify a subset of epifaunal species whose distribution and abundance respond quantitatively to change in salinity. Habitat Suitability Models developed for these species will be used to assess CERP effects. Modeling results will provide a scientific basis for a suite of ecological performance measures and targets for assessing CERP effects for use in adaptive management to protect and improve the Biscayne Bay nearshore ecosystem.

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Last Updated September 18, 2017, 17:05
Created June 10, 2017, 17:59
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