This video shows students that salt marshes are productive and important coastal ecosystems and a decline in these habitats threatens vital services they provide to humans and various animal species. The salt marshes along Florida’s Gulf Coast provide a variety of ecosystem services. These include providing food and shelter for animal species (many of which are commercially valuable), protection from storm surge, sedimentation, and ecotourism (by providing scenery and habitat for attractive animal species). However, these productive habitats are also in decline. Dr. Randall Hughes is studying these marshes in hopes of finding a way to slow their decline and rebuild habitats.
Learn more about the salt marsh ecosystem and its economic benefits by visiting the WFSU Ecology blog.