|Beach-inlet ecosystems of southeastern Florida: a review of ecological research needs and management issues|Nelson, W.G. (1993). Beach-inlet ecosystems of southeastern Florida: a review of ecological research needs and management issues. J. Coast. Res. SI(18): 257-266
In: Journal of Coastal Research. Coastal Education and Research Foundation: Fort Lauderdale. ISSN 0749-0208, more
Dredging, hard bottom, inlet management, jetties, sand beach, soft bottom.
Beach-inlet ecosystems of southeastern Florida are a complex, interacting mosaic of ecological subsystems. Major habitat components include near-shore hard and soft bottoms, sand beaches, rubble structure habitats, seagrass beds, and the pelagic zone. The biotic components of beach-inlet ecosystems are briefly described and major research and management needs within each biotic system are proposed. It is proposed that future management plans within these systems need to reflect a more integrated view of the system if biotic integrity is to be adequately maintained.