Seagrass Site Selection Tool. An Example Scenario: Finding Fisheries-Friendly Options for Eelgrass Restoration. Seagrass Site Selection Tool. An Example Scenario: Finding Fisheries-Friendly Options for Eelgrass Restoration.
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An Example Scenario:
Finding Fisheries-Friendly Options
for Eelgrass Restoration
The following slides demonstrate an example of how the tool can assist Rhode Island restoration planners find restoration opportunities that may
Note: this is only an example scenario to demonstrate how the tool works. These criteria are not representative of all considerations used in selecting eelgrass restoration sites.
In order to meet these goals, this example scenario will focus on potential projects that may be “fisheries-friendly”
The tool uses data layers (grids) for depth, light, presence/absence of eelgrass, historic distribution, and sea surface temperature scored according the Narragansett Bay transplant suitability method developed by Save The Bay and University of Rhode Island researchers.
The tool then calculates and creates a suitability data layer by multiplying the scores from the five data sets.
The user can then zoom in to view an area of interest and explore the suitability results.
Next, the user can select socioeconomic factors to find shellfish closure areas…
…and avoid trawling and shellfishing areas.
Based on these example criteria, the tool identifies areas in upper Narragansett Bay that may be “fisheries-friendly” restoration options.
Output – Examine the results with other data:
The suitability output should always be examined in the context of local water quality conditions. Other data can be viewed with the output.
This will help to keep the suitability results up-to-date.
Seagrass Site Selection ToolOutput – Keep the results up-to-date:
As new data become available (such as current eelgrass distributions), they can be loaded into the tool.
The tool can assist with restoration planning by
The tool results serve as a startingpoint for pursuing site-specific information, gathering expert opinion, and assessing restoration feasibility.