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Statistical Report

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Comparison of recent (1986) and earlier (1983) aerial photography indicated that an apparent recovery of seagrasses was occurring on the subtidal shelf north of Simmons Park (Ruskin) and south of Apollo Beach, in Middle Tampa Bay (Fig. 1). This was suggested by the numerous circular patches of grass observed on the offshore portions of the shelf. This observation provided the incentive to undertake a preliminary assessment of seagrass species composition, percent cover, and shoot density along transects in this area. This study was a cooperative effort between the Bay Study Program (City of Tampa) and Mangrove Systems, Inc.