Conservation of Florida Bay
- Decrease of water quality and diversity due to human and natural causes
Today, conditions continue to decline with high turbidity, phytoplankton blooms, and population declines of fish and bird species.
- Research is ongoing to determine proper management practices
Florida Bay provides an important nursery ground for a variety of fish and invertebrates, including those of recreational and commercial value. This resource is a valuable to the entire south Florida ecosystem and should be protected. Research is working to identify the problems and determine proper management practices to improve the health of the Florida Bay region.
Glossary terms on page
biodiversity: in an ecosystem, variability among living organisms from all sources, sometimes measured by the total number of species or other taxonomic groupings, and their relative abundances.
turbidity: measurement of water clarity, turbidity increases when more light is scattered by particles suspended in the water.
phytoplankton: microscopic plants that depend upon water currents for transportation, primary producers in aquatic environments.
population: a group of interacting individuals of the same species, area, or community.
ecosystem: a community, including all the component organisms, along with the environment, forming an interactive system.