One Fish, Two Fish…Dec 24th, 2015 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News
Last week, volunteers and staff at the Marine Discovery Center worked with researchers from the University of Central Florida to measure biodiversity in the restored salt marsh on our site. In total, the teams looked at 30 transects in both ‘restored’ and ‘undisturbed’ areas on the property to compare the number of plants and animals that utilize each shoreline. The same measurements are taken in those 30 transects three times per year, so that we can see how the plant and animal communities change as the restored site grows and fills in over time.
Over three days, students and volunteers became experts at identifying shoreline plants and counting fiddler crab holes. A small seine net pulled at each site revealed which fish species are spending time in the shallow waters along the bank.
The volunteers worked in teams to collect the data, which is part of our efforts to monitor the impact of our restoration work. Additionally, we measured plants and animals at several sites along ‘Discovery Island’, a nearby spoil island that will receive some enhancement along the shoreline and become a ‘living classroom’ for the Marine Discovery Center over the next few years.
For more information about restoration activities at the Marine Discovery Center or to learn about upcoming opportunities to get involved in citizen science, contact Annie.Roddenberry@myfwc.com or call 386-428-4828.