Did you know that if you can read sea bottom chart navigation symbols, this will help you when . Even today, the leadline has a place on the small cruising boat. Even at high tides some beds are vulnerable. • Look for buoys, which mark the edges of some grass beds. • Read navigation charts. Seagrass is shown as light . What they are and why seagrasses are important to Florida's marine environment. . The seagrass beds in Florida's near-shore waters are among the ocean's most productive ecosystems! . Other animals derive nutrition from eating algae and small animals that live upon seagrass leaves. . beds. Read navigation charts. Consult tide and navigational charts and steer clear of shallow areas (shallow, seagrass beds appear brown in color). Accidental boat groundings damage coral and seagrasses, and fines are imposed for such damage. Remember, 'Brown, brown, run aground. Blue, blue, sail on through.' May 9, 2019 - 12.2, Mixed qualities, e.g. fine sand with mud and shells. 13.1, Weed (including kelp). 13.2, Kelp, weed. 13.3, Seagrass (where distinguished . Nearly all seagrass beds in Florida show some signs of needless damage caused by A small portion. of Monroe county and a majority of the Florida panhandle Polygons drawn on the overlays were transferred to nautical charts with a . ing coral reefs, preventing and mitigating oil-spill damage, protecting endangered and threatened species, and . If an area has little seagrass acreage, then any scar- ring may have . when boaters who lack navigational charts or the skill to . Coral reefs and seagrass beds in the Florida Keys grow within inches of the water's surface . Navigation of small, shallow draft boats in these areas is generally safe. . All boaters should carry and consult the appropriate NOAA marine chart. Jun 26, 1992 - Extrapolated impacts boats and buoys have on two seagrass beds over the course Sarasota Bay is a small, shallow, subtropical embayment in Use navigation charts -- seagrass is shown as light green or 'Grs'. Stay in . Seagrass loss in watersheds of estuarine and marine systems is caused by human . If boating in shallow areas or seagrass beds, you could see a mud trail in .