Annual Budget: $14,339,732
Highlights on Current Research
Coral Rescue and AZA Support
This project by FWRI’s Ecosystem Assessment and Restoration Program was designed to “rescue” healthy corals ahead of the SCTLD boundary and place them in aquariums and research facilities to prevent them from becoming infected, to preserve genetic diversity, and to serve as source stock for propagation for future restoration activities.
Plant Pollinator Networks in Fire-Maintained Sandhills
The main goal of this project by FWRI’s Ecosystem Assessment and Monitoring team is to fill major data gaps on pollinator species diversity, plant/pollinator network structure, and pollinator habitat conservation in fire-maintained longleaf pine sandhills.
St. Joe Bay Restoration
This project, led by FWRI’s Habitat Assessment and Restoration team is attempting to jump start natural recovery of seagrass in St Joe Bay to offset losses caused by sea urchin grazing. The project, which will run through mid-2022, is installing up to 12 exclosures over grazed area to allow seagrasses to grow without sea urchin grazing pressure FWRI scientists will also enlist the help of boaters in a “Sea Urchin Roundup” to relocate sea urchins to deeper areas in the bay where no seagrass is present.