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Title: Integrated Biscayne Bay Ecological Assessment and Monitoring Project (IBBEAM)
Short Name: IBBEAM Parent
Status: In Work

IBBEAM combines four previously independent efforts involved in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) for greater uniformity, consistency, and efficiency in data collection, management, and presentation, while also enabling new, cross-component analyses to be performed.

The components include:

(1) water quality (temperature and salinity);

(2) submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV);

(3) epifaunal fishes and invertebrates; and

(4) mangrove-associated fishes.

Sampling is conducted at 47 sites located between Shoal Point and Turkey Point along the western shoreline of southern Biscayne Bay. Sampling is conducted twice each year, dry season (Jan-April) and wet season (July-Sept).

Spatial patterns and temporal trajectories of key metrics stemming from each IBBEAM component are organized in a consistent format in an integrated data file, and a cohesive data analysis approach is taken that allows side-by-side comparisons of metrics at the same spatiotemporal resolution. Habitat Suitability Models, Indicator species identification, and Salinity Indices (e.g. Mesohaline Index - proportion of salinity observation &#8805; 5 and <18) have been developed from IBBEAM data to fill

knowledge gaps about southwestern Biscayne Bay's nearshore biota that may be affected by CERP implementation. Relationships of biota with salinity were determined, identifying a subset of species whose distribution and abundance respond quantitatively to change in salinity. IBBEAM results provide a scientific basis for the development of a suite of ecological performance measures for assessment and use in adaptive management.


To develop a Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) by gathering data on water quality, submerged aquatic vegetation, epifaunal fishes and invertebrates and mangrove-associated fishes in an integrated data file. A cohesive data analysis approach is then taken that allows side-by-side comparisons of metrics at the same spatiotemporal resolution.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None abundance
None distribition
None ecology
None Ecosystem Assessment
None epifaunal fishes
None epifaunal invertebrates
None Habitat Assessment
None mangrove
None R/V Miller
None Restoration Assessment
None salinity
None temperature
None water quality

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 2007-present

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None biscayne bay
None Everglades
None florida
None Shoal Point
None Turkey Point

Stratum Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None species

Physical Location

Organization: Southeast Fisheries Science Center
City: Miami
State/Province: FL
Country: USA

Project Information

Project Type: Project
Collection Method: Electronic

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 163257
Date Effective From: 2007-01-08
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Browder, Joan
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
Email Address:
Phone: 305-361-4270
Fax: 305-361-4478
Business Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 Pm EST/EDT
Contact Instructions:

Phone or email


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 183150
W° Bound: -80.42561
E° Bound: -80.28854
N° Bound: 25.62922
S° Bound: 25.25481

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 183147
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 2007-01-08

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Policy:

Open to everyone

Data Access Procedure:

Download from website

Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Please credit source of data.

Metadata Access Constraints:


Metadata Use Constraints:


Technical Environment


PC Files

Data Quality

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Data were entered into spreadsheets and checked against the raw data sheet to avoid entry errors.


CREP Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan
IBBEAM Integrated Biscayne Bay Ecological Assessment and Monitoring
SAV submerged aquatic vegetation

Glossary Terms and Definitions

Wet Season

CC ID: 314339
Authority: Joan Browder

Sample was taken between January and March

Dry Season

CC ID: 314340
Authority: Joan Browder

Sample was taken between June and August



CC ID: 314342
Date: 2016-04-03 00:00:00
Author: Joan Browder

Please Summarize the Braun-Blanquet data collected at each sampling site, collection and year


Until 2012, data were collected by observing an area surrounded by a 3-5 times random thrown square traps

3 times observation = 2005-2007

5 times observation = 2008-2012

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Project Biscayne Bay Alongshore Epifauna
Project Mangrove Studies

Related Items

Item Type Relationship Type Title
Project (PRJ) Cross Reference Mangrove Studies

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 21155
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:21155
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2014-01-08 09:52+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2022-04-27
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2022-04-27
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2023-04-27