University of South Florida
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP and Transocean
Controlling Document: Guilty Plea Agreement between BP and U.S. Department of Justice, Guilty Plea Agreement between Transocean and U.S. Department of Justice
Year Awarded: 2018
Seagrass restoration has become a management strategy embraced within the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). Yet, evidence-based review of seagrass restoration in the GOM has been limited by the scarcity of studies in peer-reviewed literature. However, valuable information regarding methods and outcomes exists within many technical reports filed to governmental agencies during permitting and monitoring activities. Difficulties in cataloguing/tracking permitted seagrass work remain formidable impediments precluding accurate assessment of restoration effort by seagrass taxon or geography. The proposed multifaceted study addresses the topic: “Integration of monitoring and evaluation into environmental restoration projects to improve outcomes in the GOMa. A comprehensive database will be assembled providing detailed information on >150 permitted seagrass projects involving > 250 project sites along the Florida Gulf coast. The proposed study would add a heretofore-unavailable component to this process: a summary and meta-analysis of past permitted work. The proposed project, representing the combined contributions of researchers and practitioners, and led by a research team well-versed in seagrass restoration, offers the first attempt to translate results from past studies on seagrass restoration in the GOM to improve future restoration efforts.