CESI Assessment Project 98-10


Special Issue of Estuaries & Coasts on Florida Bay
James Fourqurean


In 1987, seagrass beds in Florida Bay began to suffer from massive die-offs. Since that time, a significant research effort was implemented to examine the ecology and water quality of the bay. Numerous results have emerged as a result of this research and were published in the peer-reviewed literature to help improve the credibility of the information. This special issue was initially published to provide the Florida Bay and Florida Keys Feasibility Study with critically needed information on how additional freshwater inflows to the bay will affect salinity and water quality. Research included the impacts of increased freshwater flows on seagrasses and the faunal communities that depend on seagrass habitat.



Related Publications


Boyer, J. N., Fourqurean, J. W., Jones, R. D. (1999). Seasonal and Long-term Trends in the Water Quality of Florida Bay (1989-1997). Estuaries, 22(2B): 417-430.

Brewster-Wingard, G. L., Ishman, S. E. (1999). Historical Trends in Salinity and Substrate in Central Florida Bay: A Paleoecological Reconstruction Using Modern Analogue Data. Estuaries, 22(2B): 369-383.

Browder, J. A., Restrepo, V. R., Rice, J. K., Robblee, M. B.,Zein-Eldin, Z.(1999). Environmental Influences on Potential Recruitment of Pink Shrimp, Farfantepenaeus duorarum, from Florida Bay Nursery Grounds. Estuaries, 22(2B): 484-499.

Ehrhardt, N. M., Legault, C. M. (1999). Pink Shrimp, Farfantepenaeus duorarum, Recruitment Variability as an Indicator of Florida Bay Dynamics. Estuaries, 22(2B): 471-483.

Fourqurean, J. W., Robblee, M. B. (1999). Florida Bay: A History of Recent Ecological Changes. Estuaries, 22(2B): 345-357.

Hall, M. O., Durako, M. J., Fourqurean, J. W., Zieman, J. C. (1999). Decadal Changes in Seagrass Distribution and Abundance in Florida Bay. Estuaries, 22(2B): 445-459.

Halley, R. B., Roulier, L. M. (1999). Reconstructing the History of Eastern and Central Florida Bay Using Mollusk-Shell Isotope Records. Estuaries, 22(2B): 358-368.

Lorenz, J. J. (1999). The Response of Fishes to Physicochemical Changes in the Mangroves of Northeast Florida Bay. Estuaries, 22(2B): 500-517.

Matheson, R. E., Camp, D. K., Sogard, S. M., Bjorgo, K. A. (1999). Changes in Seagrass-associated Fish and Crustacean Communities on Florida Bay Mud Banks: The Effect of Recent Ecosystem Change? Estuaries, 22(2B): 534-551.

Mazzotti, F. J. (1999). The American Crocodile in Florida Bay. Estuaries, 22(2B): 552-561.

Rudnick, D. T., Chen, Z., Childers, D. L., Boyer, J. N., Fontaine, T. D., III.(1999). Phosphorus and Nitrogen Inputs to Florida Bay: The Importance of the Everglades Watershed. Estuaries, 22(2B): 398-416.

Stumpf, R. P., Frayer, M. L., Durako, M. J., Brock, J. C. (1999). Variations in Water Clarity and Bottom Albedo in Florida Bay from 1985 to 1997. Estuaries, 22(2B): 431-444.

Swart, P. K., Healy, G., Greer, L., Lutz, M., Saied, A., Anderegg, D., Dodge, R. E., Rudnick, D. (1999). The Use of Proxy Chemical Records in Coral Skeletons to Ascertain Past Environmental Conditions in Florida Bay. Estuaries, 22(2B): 384-397.

Thayer, G. W., Powell, A. B., Hoss, D. E. (1999) Composition of Larval, Juvenile, and Small Adult Fishes Relative to Changes in Environmental Conditions in Florida Bay. Estuaries, 22(2B): 518-533.

Zieman, J. C., Fourqurean, J. W., Frankovich, T. A. (999). Seagrass Die-off in Florida Bay: Long-term Trends in Abundance and Growth of Turtle Grass, Thalassia testudinum. Estuaries, 22(2B): 460-470.



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