The FKNMS is located off the tip of Florida containing over 1700 islands. These chains of islands are coral reefs that are just south from the Key Biscayne and extend southwest for approximately 126miles. These islands end about 90 miles north of Cuba. These islands are not suitable for people to live on because of there size. The FKNMS covers over 2800 square nautical miles. The FKNMS was established due to the demise of the coral reefs in the Keys. Low water quality, decline in coral reef habitats, and oil drilling eventually lead President George H. Bush to establish the FKNMS on November 16, 1990. FKNMS also contains the Key Largo and Looe Key sanctuaries, which were facing the same environmental challenges. By the year 2050, climate …show more content…
These banks contain coral rubble, seagrass and macroalgae with other invertebrate taxa, which play a key part in the ecosystem. The bank systems contain essential fish habitats, which provide sheltering and foraging grounds. Past studies have indicated these fish assemblages showed a high diversity and biomass of coral reefs. Most of the biomass in the Florida Keys ecosystem is made up of species that stay in channels for most of the day. These signs show that the bank systems are important for the FKNMS for providing a structural support and high productivity for the biodiversity. Exploitation of these essential fishes and pollution of the water could greatly destroy the bank systems and cause a rippling effect among the ecosystem. Knowing how important these bank systems are, they should receive additional protection through management zones. New management actions will help protect fish and stocks, to ensure the stability of recreational and commercial fisheries. To ensure a higher water quality and sustainable habitats, anchoring activities and vessel discharges will be restricted in the management zones. Some management zones containing sensitive wildlife habitats will be restricted to public …show more content…
The loss of land from sea level rise will also cause the population to fall and we can expect the carrying capacity to reach limits. As global temperatures increase by 2.5 Celsius above pre-industrial levels and sea level rise at about 12-37cm, we are expecting to see remaining land area in the keys to decline from 80% to 30%. The loss of the surrounding populations in the Florida Keys is contributing to low economic growth, which provides conservation funding for the Florida Keys. These socio-economic changes would restrict our conservation budgets for the Florida Keys. We can counter these events with good conservation management, strong community support and resilience efforts. Even as the ocean is warming, much of the coral cover will still remain. We will see a rise in sea-level but to a limited extent. Working to adapting and mitigating to these climate changes will prove successful. Efficient land-based conservation efforts and sanctuary management work will be crucial for facing these climate
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Florida’s changing ecosystem Florida’s ecosystem is forever being changed as we know it. Florida’s invasive species list is rapidly growing making it more difficult for native species to compete. Every day invasive species are released in Florida 's waterways, forest, and swamps wreaking havoc on the native plant and animal life. Everyday people are able to walk into a common pet store and buy their very own python, tegu, or a lionfish perhaps.
The ways of minimizing the damage done to the cemetery are adapting to the effect by attempting to slowdown the rate at which the seas are rising through living shorelines like geotextile bags and oyster shoreline. The living shorelines are short-term like most mechanisms against sea level rise, but are more eco- friendly then the alternative attempt at defense mechanisms. Examples of defenses against sea level rise are armored shorelines as presented at many St. Augustine sites currently as large amounts of concrete or rocks. The most long-term and effective use of energy is retreating, accepting the unavoidable rise of sea level and actively preserving assets accordingly. Ultimately, global warming and sea level rise are inevitable.
The Florida manatee is deemed as one of Florida’s most symbolic marine mammals in the state. Manatees can be found in salt water in the West Indies and fresh water habitats in Florida and coastal regions. Manatees first appeared in Florida about 15 million years ago. Manatees are very large marine mammals that are related to elephants. ‘’They are grayish brown in color and have thick, wrinkled skin on which there is often a growth of algae.
To begin, the history of the Florida Everglades would amaze you. Imagine having no fresh water to drink or do anything with. “The construction and population increase in the Everglades upset is fragile ecosystem, and cut off the flow of fresh water to the Everglades.” As stated on page 113 and paragraph 4.
The Florida Everglades is the third-largest national park out of the 48 states. It is also the first national park created to protect the fragile ecosystem. Without the protection of the alliga-tors and thus the ecosystem area we know as the everglades could eventually become nonexist-ent. At one time “this wetland was called the river of grass by an author back in 1947” (Strawn 17).
Florida Keys The Florida Keys is a stretch of multiple tiny islands off the coast of Florida into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. National Geographic states that in that long strip of land “there are approximately 1,700 little island in the Florida Keys”. Some of the islands we may know are Key West, Key Largo, Marathon and Big Pine Key. These keys are a big tourist attraction primarily for fishing, scuba diving.
The Florida Everglades is home to lots of animals, predators and plants it's home to the people that live in Florida and also to the people that care about it the everglades is a wonderful place I actually want to go there my self and see the animals and plants it's actually the habit to those animals and plants The Florida Everglades has many values it's home to the wildlife animals though it can get crazy sometimes when the animals starting to get hungry. Python and baby anaconda's are taking over our wildlife animals by killing and eating them the population of our wildlife animals have went down the Everglades according to the text it states. '' Reports from just over a year ago say that thousands of pythons have been making their homes
The space program is one of the most thrilling things in history. The space program in Florida was founded on July 29, 1958. Ever since the space program was founded it has effected the state of Florida tremendously. It effected Florida’s culture, economy, and social benefits of technology.
Without the flow of fresh water to the Everglades fish wouldn 't be able to live, the Florida Bay wouldn’t be able to survive and we wouldn’t have clean water to drink. On page 113 paragraph 1 it states “ These wetlands were once home to many rare, endangered, and exotic species. However, this is no longer the case due to
People are trying to restore the Everglades but, problems keep coming up. One of them is money to do the projects. In 2004 the Supreme Court made the choice to establish an $8.4 billion project to help the Everglades, which helped a ton. In “Water Quality Nearly Halts Everglades Restoration” states that “A settlement between Florida’s governor, the Obama Administration, and the sugar industry has led to The Everglades Restoration Act, a bill that would invest $880 million in state money to restore water quality in the Everglades.” People have been trying to fix the Everglades and thanks to their efforts the Everglades is almost
The sea level rise also threatens the source of drinking water of Miami Beach, the Everglades and the large freshwater wetland South Florida. Not to mention, that great part of our economy is produced from the tourism. Miami is full of buildings, most of them luxurious, very close to the sea, and the tourism is vital and known worldwide, to the point that climate change could greatly harm tourism in Miami. And, eventually, if they don’t take action over this situation, the tourists will search for another place where to take the sun without wetting their feet when walking down the streets and this will be impacting as well as the residential
This paper will provide the reader with a synopsis of the biodiversity complications that lionfish cause and several methods that may solve these issues. The factors that contribute to a loss in biodiversity because of the lionfish including the following. First, lionfish reproduction across the ocean is assisted by currents during the initial stages of development for lionfish (Morris, J.A., Jr., and P.E. Whitfield). Lionfish have also been analyzed based on their effects on net