Typical Tier 1 and 2 methods are great for capturing status and trends of canopy-forming species, but tend to do a lousy job of estimating the population dynamics of Halophila spp., rarely beyond: “present, patchy, low abundance”. Has the group discussed add-on methods to better assess these diminutive species? For example, I believe the SJRWMD folks in the IRL monitor out beyond their defined edge of bed, specifically to grab data on Halophila spp.
Also, I am interested in the group’s preferred spelling of H. engelmannii: one ‘i’ or two? At present there is an unspoken debate in the literature, with two 'i’s gaining speed. Although it seems to me that the original description (here) used a single ‘i’, as did Ascherson’s personal correspondence with Engelmann (here). It is a mystery to me when or why we made the switch, but many of us have, and I am guilty of it as well. Curious as to everyone’s thoughts.