Although some mangrove islands were totally lost, most areas have recovered.
These communities may be sparsely inhabited by sessile, planktonic, epifaunal and pelagic plants and animals but house few infaunal organisms i.
Threats to mangrove habitat include wide-spread trimming and removal, conversion to hardened shorelines, non-native vegetation and sea-level rise.
Gasparilla Sound-Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve
Seagrasses also are susceptible to scarring from boat propellors, anchors and trawls.
Description: Reoccurring disturbances such as prop scarring and dredging can result in permanent seagrass loss.