CS37 Watershed Ecology and Ecosystems
Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2002
Location: Poster Session - VCC
 
MadleyKA, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, St. Petersburg, USA, kevin.madley@fwc.state.fl.us
McRae, G, , Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, St. Petersburg, USA, gil.mcrae@fwc.state.fl.us
 
FLORIDA'S INSHORE MARINE MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (IMAP): DESCRIPTION OF THE FIRST TWO YEARS
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The Florida Marine Research Institute has initiated IMAP as the first program capable of reporting on the status of Florida's nearshore marine systems on a statewide basis. Estuarine conditions are assessed with collection of water quality variables, water nutrients, sediment contaminants, sediment toxicity, sediment benthos, fish samples, and seagrass characteristics. This presentation summarizes research efforts from the first two of five years of IMAP sampling and provides some program overview information. The IMAP design calls for sampling of 180 stations each year during the index period of July and August. A two-tiered spatial framework has been established consisting of sampling units within Water Management Districts. Each year, one sampling unit in each of the five regions will be chosen for sampling. Thus, each year IMAP visits thirty stations in each of five sampling units and thirty stations from the statewide scale grid, totaling 180 stations per year. Sampling schedules are coordinated with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s freshwater sampling program so that the two programs are in the same regions during the same years.