The 2020 Seagrass Status and Trends Update compares seagrass coverage change in each of the five Gulf states between 2002 and 2017. Information was gathered from seagrass researchers and managers, analysis and mapping of available data, and an inventory of seagrass projects and reports.
The last complete seagrass assessment was completed over a decade ago and was limited in the type of data available at the time. The assessment also pre-dated tropical events in 2004-2006, which severely impacted seagrass coverage in several states. Providing updated information on seagrass status and trends to scientists, managers, and decision-makers will inform research and response to events that affect seagrass coverage and health.
This project was led by the Habitat Resources Team and funded through GOMA’s Gulf Star Program with support from Shell.