The surfgrass length & density dataset is a component of the Hakai Institute’s Nearshore research and monitoring program, designed to capture change in rocky intertidal habitats. The overarching objective of Hakai Nearshore research is to investigate the role of habitats and their associated communities, in the face of stress and disturbances from global climate change and local coastal perturbations.
The structure, health, and coverage of surfgrass beds (Phyllospadix spp.) was surveyed at three sites along the northwestern coast of Calvert Island on the central coast of BC. All three sites were exposed rocky shores with large beds of surfgrass growing in the low intertidal. The beds were surveyed using a point-intercept method with quadrats placed along a single transect. The placement and length of the transect was replicated through time, quadrat placement was not. Various parameters (e.g., average length, shoot density, epiphyte cover) of the surfgrass were assessed at the transect and/or quadrat level. The sites were generally surveyed on a monthly basis from April to September, with winter surveys in November and February.
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