Seagrass Monitoring

TIDE collects data on both manatee grass (Syringodium filiforme) and turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum) in Port Honduras Marine Reserve (PHMR) by carrying out both diving and snorkelling surveys. Seagrasses are underwater plants that often grow in vast meadows.  They are integral to ecosystems as they provide nurseries, shelter, and a food source for a variety of species such as fish, sea turtles, dugong, manatee, seahorses and crustaceans. Additionally, seagrasses filter waters of sediments, nutrients, and pollutants.

Habitat Mapping

TIDE began a habitat-mapping project in Port Honduras Marine Reserve in 2013.

Information from this project will allow us to visualize, question, analyse, and interpret data to understand patterns and trends in the reserve. Using this information we can make accurate estimations of commercial species populations and improve fisheries management.

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