Mangroves provide essential habitat for juvenile fish species. Restoration and monitoring are important conservation tools to ensure the recovery and maintenance of coastal mangrove habitats impacted by humans. In this study, Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations (BRVUS) were used to non-invasively examine the relative abundance and richness of fishes within restored mangrove pools in Biscayne Bay, Florida, 15 years after replanting. The potential influence of several environmental factors on fish abundance and richness within the restored mangrove pools was also evaluated. Limited seine sampling was also conducted to provide a comparison of the current fish assemblage with that of two prior surveys using seine nets. Twenty fish taxa were observed in the current study, consisting of five families, two genera, and thirteen species. Several environmental factors emerged as significant influences on the presence and abundance of different fish taxa, especially individual pools. A comparison of CPUE between current and prior seine studies found an increase in forage fish taxa and a shift from taxa that prefer a range of habitats to mangrove specific taxa, indicating an increased ecological function of these mangroves as fish habitat.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Aquatic Science