Seagrass Restoration in a Boating Environment

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Material Information

Title:
Seagrass Restoration in a Boating Environment
Physical Description:
1 online resource (131 p.)
Language:
english
Creator:
Hagan, Althea Hotaling
Publisher:
University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Doctorate ( Ph.D.)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Degree Disciplines:
Interdisciplinary Ecology
Committee Chair:
SWETT,ROBERT ALPHONSO
Committee Co-Chair:
MONROE,MARTHA CARRIE
Committee Members:
FRAZER,TOM K
ELLIS,LARRY R
ANKERSEN,THOMAS T

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
boating -- law -- light -- management -- restoration -- seagrass -- workshop
Interdisciplinary Ecology -- Dissertations, Academic -- UF
Genre:
Interdisciplinary Ecology thesis, Ph.D.
bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract:
A substantial portion of the worlds population growth occurs in coastal areas and Estero Bay in Southwest Florida, where the research for this dissertation, took place is no exception. Development in the watershed has impacted water quality by increasing runoff carrying sediments and nutrients, which fuels algal blooms, causing poor water clarity and high turbidity. The development of infrastructure to serve the areas growing community inevitably results in the loss of natural habitats. Outlined here is a three pronged approach to addressing this issue. I created a geospatial model to identify sites in the bay where light levels were suitable for seagrass growth and where boating pressure was low to maximize the probability of restoration success. The model was created from light readings taken every 3 weeks for a year. This model can be used to make management decisions about where to target seagrass restoration efforts and can be parameterized to the criteria that managers are interested in. Additionally, a review of federal, state, and local laws affecting seagrass was undertaken and recommendations about local and state policy changes that might facilitate restoration were made. One of the main conclusions was that policy makers should revise the Uniform Mitigation Assessment Method to include more assessments related specifically to the ecology of seagrass beds and their ecosystem services. The other was that the state should allow for the creation of seagrass mitigation banks. This would allow for streamlining of the process of seagrass mitigation and the use of publicly or privately operated mitigation banks that have proved their ability to successfully carry out seagrass restoration. Finally, a workshop was held to get a broad group of stakeholders working together on seagrass restoration and protection. Surveys and interviews were used to evaluate what aspects of adaptive collaborative management were present after the workshop. Our findings indicate that a well-planned one day workshop can support the development of adaptive collaborative management in areas with natural resource management conflicts.
General Note:
In the series University of Florida Digital Collections.
General Note:
Includes vita.
Bibliography:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page.
Source of Description:
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Statement of Responsibility:
by Althea Hotaling Hagan.
Thesis:
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Florida, 2014.
Local:
Adviser: SWETT,ROBERT ALPHONSO.
Local:
Co-adviser: MONROE,MARTHA CARRIE.
Electronic Access:
RESTRICTED TO UF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE UNTIL 2014-11-30

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Source Institution:
UFRGP
Rights Management:
Applicable rights reserved.
Classification:
lcc - LD1780 2014
System ID:
UFE0046599:00001