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Seagrass 102: 4 Ways You Can Help Restore Seagrass

How anglers can help restore one of Florida's most valuable assets

Seagrass 102: 4 Ways You Can Help Restore Seagrass

Turtle grass is surveyed off Cedar Key, a region of Florida which (so far) has been spared from algae blooms and large-scale grass dieoffs. UF/IFAS photo by Tyler Jones

In 2016, Capt. Benny Blanco fastened his seatbelt for the nearly 500-mile drive from Miami to Tallahassee, fueled by anger. He would have just two minutes at a subcommittee hearing to convince policymakers to amend the quality and flow of water to the Florida Everglades, a region that had captivated him since early childhood.

Blanco didn’t relish the idea of public speaking or getting entangled in politics. But eight months earlier, a massive seagrass die-off decimated the once-lush Florida Bay where he had guided since 1998. Crippled by drought and exceptionally high salinity levels, some 40,000 acres of grass were lost, affecting about a third of the bay, the state’s...

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