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Seagrasses in Northern Gulf of Mexico: An Ecosystem in Trouble

Fact Sheet 017-00

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Abstract

The USGS National Wetlands Research Center has documented that Seagrasses in the northern Gulf of Mexico constitute an ecosystem in trouble. From studies in St. Andrews Bay, Period Bay, the Chandeleur Islands, and the Gulf Islands National Seashore, scientists have discovered that declining seagrass acreage ranges from 12% to 66% in bays and estuaries of the Gulf of Mexico. Not only are seagrasses disappearing, but they are also changing in species composition, densities, and patchiness.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Seagrasses in Northern Gulf of Mexico: An Ecosystem in Trouble
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
017-00
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2000
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
Geological Survey (U.S.)
Contributing office(s):
National Wetlands Research Center
Description:
2 p.