Scientists Introduce New Collaborative Program that will set Ecosystem Goals for South Florida
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science-funded researchers from the South Florida Program have come together with other scientists to discuss the current state of the science in Florida Bay, and to introduce a new effort that will develop management end-points for marine resources in the South Florida ecosystem.
The South Florida coastal marine environment has been altered extensively by population trends, agriculture, and industry. The impacts to the living marine resources within this system have been significant.
NCCOS, along with many other partners, plans to support an effort that will bring together academia, Federal and state resource managers, and the general public to use the scientific data and knowledge that has been accumulated to reach consensus on specific, quantifiable and comprehensive ecosystem goals for the South Florida coastal marine system.
An interagency research program, which NCCOS has funded to a large extent, has been underway for more than a decade with the goal of achieving measurable environmental outcomes at a regional ecosystem scale.