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Scarring of Florida’s seagrasses: assessment and management options
Sargent, F.J.; Leary, T.J.; Crewz, D.W.; Kruer, C.R. (1995). Scarring of Florida’s seagrasses: assessment and management options. Florida Marine Research Institute Technical Reports, TR-1. Florida Department of Environmental Protection: St. Petersburg. 43 + app. pp.

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Part of: Florida Marine Research Institute Technical Reports. Florida Department of Environmental Protection: St. Petersburg. ISSN 1092-194X, more

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    Marine

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  • Sargent, F.J.
  • Leary, T.J.
  • Crewz, D.W.
  • Kruer, C.R.

Abstract
    Management programs that address scarring of seagrasses should be based on an approach that involves (1) education, (2) channel marking, (3) increased enforcement, and (4) limited-motoring zones. Aerial monitoring and photography of the managed area are essential in evaluating the effectiveness of a program. Management programs that use this multifaceted approach have been instituted by a few local governments and at several state parks. Initial results of the programs indicate that in some areas seagrass scarring has been reduced but that in other areas emphasis may need to be increased on one or more of the components of the four-point approach. A statewide management plan is needed to address the most egregious scarring over large areas that may be difficult to regulate at the local-government level.

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