Seagrass is a true flowering submerged aquatic plant that lives in oceans, bays, and estuaries. There are roughly fifty six taxonomically unique species of seagrass worldwide.
Mitigating and restoring seagrass meadows has always been a complicated task. Currently there are no seagrass mitigation banks set up in Florida, so each mitigation is unique. To restore a seagrass meadow, one must take into account the hydrological conditions, level of high energy exposure, light attenuation, nutrient availability, herbivory pressure, potential anthropogenic disturbances, and the complex permitting requirements. Sea and Shoreline takes into account all of these considerations and more when restoring seagrass habitats. Our staff has learned these lessons through a multitude of seagrass restoration experience. If your mitigation has a "cannot fail" requirement, make sure you choose the most qualified contractor the first time.
According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) up to 90% of all commercially harvested seafood from the state of Florida are dependent on seagrass meadows for survival
Seagrass filters water when it captures and traps suspended sediments out of the water column
Seagrass meadows are the nursery of the sea
Seagrass meadows mitigate ocean acidification (rise in dissolved carbon dioxide) through respiration, and give off dissolved oxygen
The endangered manatee can eat over 125 lbs of seagrass a day
Seagrass meadows protect shorelines from erosion by stabilizing the bottom similiar to grassing a berm for erosion control
Seagrasses are susceptible to decreases in water quality and vessel groundings
Seagrass is to fish what trees are to birds
Sea and Shoreline maintains its own nursery with a variety of fresh water and salt water seagrasses that are ready to plant. We cultivate the grass, replant it underwater, and protect it until it is established and can serve as a home and food for sealife.