Endangered cool water seagrass habitats
Threatened temperate eelgrass habitats
There are over 10,000 km2 of seagrass beds in south Florida.
The Florida Bay ecosystem has changed substantially in the past decade. Observations since 1991, have witnessed alterations in the seagrass communities. Changes in the dynamic of freshwater inflow into the southern Everglades is thought to be altering the levels of inputs of nutrients into Florida Bay causing persistent microalgal blooms, resuspended sediments, increased turbidity, decreasing light availability and ultimately seagrass die-off. Patterns of seagrass loss in Florida Bay between 1984 and 1994 have seen the reduction of; [T. testudinum] standing crop by 28%; [H. wrightii] by 92% and [S. filiforme] declined by 88%. The long-term future of seagrasses in the Florida bay is uncertain.