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Title: Biscayne Bay Alongshore Epifauna
Short Name: Biscayne Bay Alongshore Epifauna
Status: In Work

Field studies to characterize the alongshore epifauna (shrimp, crabs, echinoderms, and small fishes) along the western shore of southern Biscayne Bay were started in 2005 and then expanded in 2007 as part of the monitoring program of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program (CERP). Species abundance indices (occurrence and density) and community metrics (diversity and other) were examined and followed over time. Relationships to salinity were explored and, as the time series lengthened, Habitat Suitabiity Indices (HSI) in relation to salinity and submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) could be developed. In 2012, the alongshore epifauna project became integrated three other projects in IBBEAM (Integrated Biscayne Bay Ecological Assessment and Monitoring) and continues to provide feedback for CERP on the effects of CERP project implementations in an adaptive management process. Most recently IBBEAM is monitoring the effects of advance implementations of the Biscayne Bay Coastal Wetlands Project, a component of CERP.


The purpose of the alongshore epifauna project and the subsequent IBBEAM integrated project is to protect Biscayne Bay living resources and provide information on nearshore effects of implementation of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program (CERP). The western nearshore area of southern Biscayne Bay is an important nursery and feeding ground for fishery and other species. Performance measures developed from IBBEAM are used to assess CERP results, relating the nearshore Biscayne Bay ecosystem to water management.


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
Is Mandated?: No
Collection Authority: Federal
Collection Method: in person


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 215991
W° Bound: -80.42561
E° Bound: -80.28854
N° Bound: 25.62922
S° Bound: 25.25481

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 215992
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 2005

Monitoring is twice annually, wet season and dry season

Child Items

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Data Set Biscayne Bay Alongshore Epifauna

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 26871
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:26871
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2015-09-03 10:56+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