SAV Reestablishment Results—Upper Chesapeake Bay

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by Stanley A. Kollar, Jr., Harford Community Coll, Bel Air, MD, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85:

Abstract: In the Susquehanna Flats area of the upper Chesapeake Bay, six submersed aquatic plant species were used to test the feasibility of transplanting SAV into sites which were previously vegetated, but currently lacking or minimally populated by submersed macrophytes. Transplant success was found to be positively correlated with depths of 2. 5 ft. to 3. 5 ft. mean tidal depth, sediments of at least 21% silt, and some form of sheltering influence. Negative factors appeared to be high current velocity, water depths outside of the indicated positive range, substrates of high sand content and grazing pressure.

Subject Headings: Aquatic habitats | Vegetation | Bays | Ocean engineering | Water content | Fish management | Soil pressure | Water pressure | Chesapeake Bay region

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