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USGS South Florida Fish and Invertebrate Assessment Network- Fish


The South Florida Fish and Invertebrate Assessment Network (FIAN) is a monitoring project within the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). It is an element of the Southern Estuaries module of the Monitoring and Assessment Plan (MAP).The FIAN is designed to support the four broad objectives of MAP: (1) to establish a pre-CERP reference state, including variability, for each of the performance measures; (2) to determine the status and trends in the performance measures; (3) to detect unexpected responses of the ecosystem to changes in stressors resulting from CERP activities; and (4) to support scientific investigations designed to increase ecosystem understanding, cause-and-effect, and interpretation of unanticipated results.FIAN [...]


Data Owner :
Wetlands and Aquatic Research Center
Metadata Contact :
Matthew J Cannister
Point of Contact :
Abigail L Benson

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The Water Resources Development Act of 2002 authorized the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan as a framework to restore the Everglades and established the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), together with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), as co-sponsor agencies responsible for implementation of the Monitoring and Assessment Plan (MAP). The MAP is the primary tool by which REstoration, COordination and VERification (RECOVER) will assess the performance of Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). The RECOVER program was established to implement the monitoring and adaptive assessment program for CERP. The scientific and technical information generated from MAP implementation is intended to be organized in a fashion that allows RECOVER to effectively evaluate CERP performance, system responses, and produce assessment reports describing and interpreting the ecosystem responses.The data developed in FIAN will be used to evaluate the success of CERP by contributing to the assessment of the estuarine response to restoration-related modifications to upstream hydrology in the freshwater Everglades. At present, FIAN provides input to the pink shrimp performance measure. The pink shrimp emerged as an ecosystem attribute to be monitored from the Florida and Biscayne Bay conceptual ecological models. More generally these data will be used to relate seagrass-associated faunal communities to habitat and environmental conditions in subtropical seagrass communities.The close coupling of FIAN with seagrass monitoring recognizes the importance of shallow seagrass systems to the function of coastal waters and their vulnerability to anthropogenic change. Estuaries downstream from CERP projects will be affected by changes in the quantity, timing, and distribution of freshwater inflows; associated changes in estuarine salinity regimes and subsequent, long-term, changes in benthic vegetation are anticipated.


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Original data collected by Michael Robblee Data processed for inclusion in OBIS-USA by M. Cannister and A. Benson

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