Empirical Studies in Support of a Pink Shrimp, Farfantepenaeus duorarum, Simulation Model for Florida BayEntry ID: USGS_SOFIA_robblee_shrimp
Abstract: A Tortugas/Florida Bay pink shrimp simulation model has been identified as a priority need in CERP by the South Florida Water Management District, NOAA, NPS and USGS. This model has been under development through the collaboration of a team of NMFS, USGS and University of Miami (UM) researchers since 1997. To date this project has been funded by NOAA's Coastal Oceans Program, DOI's Critical ... Ecosystem Studies Initiative and by USGS base funds. The purpose of the model is to assist in designing and refining restoration alternatives by predicting their impact on production of pink shrimp in Florida Bay and on shrimp recruitment from Florida Bay to the Tortugas fishery. A series of monitoring or empirical studies either have been completed or are ongoing. NMFS continues to monitor Tortugas pink shrimp harvest and develop the simulation model and has completed pink shrimp salinity/temperature tolerance experiments. USGS is continuing to monitor pink shrimp distribution and abundance in relation to environmental conditions and habitat in Florida Bay and to measure water flow in order to estimate postlarval transport within the Bay. With UM a critical collaborative study to identify and quantify the seasonality and magnitude of pathways of postlarval immigration to Florida Bay is continuing. Statistical studies of these and other data are ongoing relating pink shrimp to salinity, temperature and habitat in Florida Bay.
Florida Bay lies downstream of the Everglades ecosystem. Perceived deterioration of the Everglades over the last century - and Florida Bay since the mid-1980's - is generally viewed as linked to changes in freshwater flow and water quality associated with water management in South Florida. A pink shrimp simulation model is being developed to assist in designing and refining restoration alternatives by predicting their impact on production of pink shrimp in Florida Bay and on shrimp recruitment from Florida Bay to the Tortugas fishery. The pink shrimp is a good indicator of the health and productivity of the Bay. The effect of salinity and temperature on pink shrimp growth and survivorship and of habitat on juvenile density provide a basis for predicting the abundance of pink shrimp juveniles in Florida Bay and thus the magnitude of recruitment to the Tortugas fishery. A landscape model is needed to express pink shrimp performance measures as functions of spatially complex factors acting across the Bay. Florida Bay is a complex shallow water ecosystem with distinct zones of different physical and biological characteristics (Fourqurean and Robblee 1999) that differ in their potential to support pink shrimp. The influence of upstream water management on pink shrimp recruitment from Florida Bay is expected to express itself principally through changes in salinity and seagrass habitat associated with changes in freshwater inflow. Predictions of the effect of these changes on the Bay's productive capacity require consideration not only of the resulting salinity and seagrass changes but also the resulting change in the area of overlap of these factors favorable to the pink shrimp (Browder and Moore 1981; Browder 1991). Critical long-term databases exist for pink shrimp that are suitable for developing empirical relationships and baselines.
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Michael B. Robblee Clinton Hittle
Dataset Title: Empirical Studies in Support of a Pink Shrimp, Farfantepenaeus duorarum, Simulation Model for Florida Bay
Dataset Release Date: Unpublished MaterialOnline Resource: http://sofia.usgs.gov/projects/index.php?project_url=emp_studies/
Start Date: 1999-10-01Stop Date: 2004-09-30
BIOSPHERE > TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS > WETLANDS
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > HABITAT CONVERSION/FRAGMENTATION > RECLAMATION/REVEGETATION/RESTORATION
OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY > SALINITY
OCEANS > AQUATIC SCIENCES > FISHERIES
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ARTHROPODS > CRUSTACEANS > DECAPODS
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > WETLANDS
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > COMMUNITY DYNAMICS > SPECIES RECRUITMENT
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints None
Data Set Progress
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (305) 348-1269
Fax: (305) 348-4096
Email: mike_robblee at usgs.gov
U.S. Geological Survey FIU, University Park Campus OE Building, Room 148
Province or State: FL
Postal Code: 33199
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: alicia.m.aleman at nasa.gov
Goddard Space Flight Center Code 610.2
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Fourqurean, J. W., Robblee, M. B., 1999, Florida Bay: a history of recent ecological changes, Estuaries, v. 22, n.2B, New York, Springer New York.
Browder, J. A., 1985, Relationship between pink shrimp production on the Tortugas and water flow patterns in the Florida Everglades, Bulletin of Marine Science, 37, ... Coral Gables, FL, University of Florida Press.
Browder, J. A., Restrepo, V. R.; Rice, J. K.; Robblee, M. B.; Zein-Eldin, A., 1999, Environmental influences on potential recruitment of pink shrimp, Farfantepenaeus duoraram, from Florida Bay nursery grounds,
Estuaries, v. 22, n. 2B, New York, New York, Springer New York.
Browder, J. A., Moore, D., 1981, A new approach to determining the quantative relationship between fishery production and the flow of fresh water to estuaries, Proceedings, National Symposium on Freshwater Inflow to Estuaries, Vol. 1, FWS/OBS-81/04, Washington, DC, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
R. Cross and D. Williams, editors.
Browder, J. A., 1991, Watershed management and the importance of freshwater flow to estuaries, Proceedings, Tampa Bay Area Scientific Information Symposium, Tampa, FL, unknown, S. F. Treat and P. A. Clark, editors.
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2008-12-02
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-02-26