through Shark River Slough. Field and laboratory observations provide circumstantial, but strong, evidence that the response of these marine ecosystems, which historically have been very low in nutrients, to increased nutrient loading will be an increase in phytoplankton blooms and a decrease in water clarity. The effects of such a fundamental water column shift on the seagrasses and associated resources of Florida Bay will be important to resource managers in the region, particularly because it is likely that these changes will be viewed by many as undesirable.



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