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Submerged Aquatic Vegetation of Chesapeake Bay 1990

Published: October 01, 1990

The University of Maryland was contracted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to update tge literature and analtze recent trends in the Chesapeake.  The following is a review of the pertinent information available on key esturaine species in the Chesapeake.  In the late 1970's it was possible to cover a wide range of the worldwide literature because it was relatively modest compared with the late 1980's.  However, our computer searches of literature bases proved voluminous.  Thus it was not possible for us to cover species such as Zostera marina comprehensively, because of the huge number of publications on on this seagrass species in recent years.  Similar problems were enountered with Hydrilla verticillata. a species with a global literature due to its worlodwide invasive propensity which was introduced to Chesapeake Bay in the 1980's.  Thus we focussed our efforts on the Chesapeake literature and those studies from other areas which reveal fundamental relatioships of SAV to environmental factors.

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