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What we’re all doing
Many agencies and organizations are working together to better understand the shift in the Indian River Lagoon’s health and to identify potential solutions.
- Seagrass: St. Johns River Water Management District biologists are working independently and with other agencies and institutions to determine why vast areas of seagrasses vanished from the lagoon and what can be done to restore seagrass communities. The Indian River Lagoon 2011 Superbloom Plan of Investigation outlines ongoing work to better understand seagrass losses. The district also is leading a seagrass transplanting project, which began in late July, under the Indian River Lagoon Protection Initiative to determine if this is a viable management technique, provided that water quality and sediment conditions are favorable for a successful project.
- Manatees: The Marine Mammal Section of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is researching and responding to manatee deaths in the lagoon. Visit the FWC website to learn more about manatee research or to report a sick or injured manatee.
- Pelicans: FWC researchers are investigating what has been killing pelicans within the Brevard County region of the lagoon. Visit the FWC website for instructions on reporting dead pelicans.
- Bottlenose dolphins: The Marine Mammal Section of FWRI, Hubbs–SeaWorld Research Institute and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Southeast Fisheries Science Center are researching and responding to dolphin deaths in the lagoon.
- Environmental restoration projects: The St. Johns River and South Florida water management districts, which sponsor the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program, continue to develop and complete projects to restore the lagoon.
- Pollution reduction: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has established total maximum daily loads for the lagoon.
- Red tide conditions: FWC publishes a summary report of current red tide conditions around Florida that includes a map of sampling results and regional status reports. Visit FWC’s website for information.
- Fish kills: FWC maintains a fish kill database with the most recent information posted by region.
Updated on 9-9-2013