Restoration of Seagrass Habitat in Tampa Bay Using Manatee Grass (Syringodium filiforme) Sod Units

Johansson, J.O.R., W.M. Avery, K.B. Hennenfent and J.J. Pacowta

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The final project monitoring results show that the manatee grass transplanting effort was completed successfully. First, the donor site monitoring indicated that disturbances caused by harvesting were fully mitigated within the two year study period. Second, about 1300m2 of manatee grass were established in an area previously devoid of this species. Third, at the end of the study period the per unit area above ground biomass of the restored manatee grass in several of the planting plots was similar to, or may have exceeded the biomass of the donor grass at the time of harvest. Finally, several of the restored meadows have been actively expanding in area coverage at a rate similar to natural growing manatee grass meadows.

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Technical Document

Hillsborough County Environmental Recovery Fund Project