Jeff Beal

Ducks Unlimited, 5600 U.S. 1, Fort Pierce, FL 34946, USA Becca Hatchell Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 3911 Highway 2321, Panama City, FL 32409, USA

Development of a Decision Support Tool to Prioritize Estuarine and Marine Habitats for Restoration and Enhancement

SEAFWA Journal Volume 8, March 2021

Marine and estuarine habitats of Florida are biologically productive and economically valuable. They provide a diversity of species with spawning grounds, nurseries, shelter, and food, augmenting fisheries production and supporting a vibrant natural resources-based economy. Additionally, these habitats shelter coastal areas from storm damage, maintain water quality, produce oxygen, and sequester carbon. Although substantial conservation efforts have been implemented to conserve estuarine and marine habitats, these resources continue to be threatened by shoreline development, altered...