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Map of submerged habitats in the Ten Thousand IslandsTo better understand how altered freshwater inflows to the Rookery Bay estuary have affected the ecology of the area, a series of research projects were conducted. An additional goal of the ecological research was to identify potential indicator species and research approaches that could be applied over the long-term to monitor estuarine health and the potential impacts of future watershed management projects. The research that was conducted included upland mapping and benthic habitat mapping to identify trends and establish baseline conditions to assess future changes. In addition, previous studies were reviewed. One effort reviewed three fisheries research projects to identify trends, and another looked at published literature on ecological indicators identified by other researchers, which was conducted. This series of projects resulted in identification of data gaps along with recommendations focused on future research and monitoring to capture changes and trends in ecological health of the estuary.

Download printer-friendly fact sheet about Habitats in the estuary (3 MB)

Download printer-friendly fact sheet about Fisheries in the estuary (1.9 MB)


Literature Review of Existing Biological Data to Identify Potential Biological Indicators for the Rookery Bay Estuary (2.1 MB)
Benthic Habitat Maps for the Rookery Bay Reserve from Aerial Photo Interpretation (6.6 MB)
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Trend Analysis for the Rookery Bay Estuary (6.5 MB)
Historical Fisheries Data Analyses in Rookery Bay (1 MB)
Vegetation Mapping and Trend Analyses at the Rookery Bay Watershed Discharge Locations (2.9 MB)


View the technical reports produced as part of the Restoring the Rookery Bay Estuary project

Project Advisory Group

Project Advisory GroupEarly in the project a Project Advisory Group (PAG) was formed to advise and guide the research process. By the project's conclusion, the PAG included approximately 30 stakeholders with expertise in water resources management from diverse sectors including local, state and federal governments, non-profits, and the private sector. This group did double duty by vetting ideas in advance, and then reviewing final results after contracted projects were completed. 

By the Numbers

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