Jennifer Bock

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 2002 Old St. Augustine Rd. Bldg. A, Tallahassee, FL 32301, USA

Using GIS and a Multi-Criteria Decision Tool to Identify and Prioritize Freshwater Resources for Management Actions

SEAFWA Journal Volume 6, March 2019

Florida freshwater habitats provide many essential functions including flood control and nutrient sequestration. While serving as habitat for many fish and wildlife species, wetlands also contribute significantly to the outdoor recreation industry. Despite these services, aquatic habitats contin- ue to face threats, such as urban encroachment, water withdrawals, water-level stabilization, sedimentation, non-native species introduction, cultural eutrophication, and climate change. With Florida’s increasing human population, encroachment and development continues into natural areas, stress-...

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...