Management Strategies for a Mangrove Estuary

by Kris W. Thoemke, Florida Dep of Natural Resources, Rookery Bay Natl Estuarine, Sanctuary, Naples, FL, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85

Abstract: The management plan for Rookery Bay National Estuarine Sanctuary uses three mutually dependent management strategies: developing and implementing a land and water management plan; conducting a research and monitoring program; and developing an education program. Such a plan is necessary because of man-induced alterations to the estuary's wetlands and watershed. Alterations such as filling of wetlands, digging of drainage canals, construction of roads and the use of pesticides and herbicides have resulted in changes in the quantity, quality and timing of fresh water entering the estuary.

Subject Headings: Estuaries | Wetlands (fresh water) | Coastal management | Pesticides | Water quality | Ecosystems | Bays | Land use

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