In this bay segment, seagrass cover has increased from near zero in 1984 to about 40 ha in 1996. The seagrass expansion apparently started in response to water quality improvements which occurred more than a decade ago and which in turn followed a large reduction in nitrogen loading form primarily domestic and industrial point-sources. Although this nutrient reduction occurred almost two decades ago it is most likely still contributes to the current seagrass expansion.
Scholar Commons Citation
Johansson, J.O. R. and Ries, T., "Seagrass in Tampa Bay: Historic trends and future expectations" (1996). Reports. Paper 129.