Seagrass bed is a complex shallow water ecosystem containing high productivity and also known as an important marine resource both ecologically and economically. Ecological roles of seagrass beds are as nursery, spawning, feeding and shelter areas for various marine organisms such as fishes, crustaceans, mollusks and echinoderms. In addition, human utilize segrass beds as fishing area for fish and other consumed marine organisms and also as boat mooring and recreational swimming and diving. This study was carried out from May to October 2006 in coastal waters of Bira Cape, Bulukumba Regency. Data collection was done through satellite imagery and field survey on seagrass beds and their habitats. Results of this study showed that there were seven species of seagrass in Cape of Bira waters i.e. Halodule pinnifolia, Thalassia hemprichii, Cymodocea rotundata,Enhalus acoroides, Halophila ovalis, Syringodium isoetifolium, and Cymodocea serrulata. These species were found in multi-specific formation of two to four species in a line transect plot. Results of data analysis of seagrass density, biomass and coverage furtherly were used to produce a three-dimentional map with water depth as seagrass habitat.
Diterbitkan di Jurnal TORANI, Jurnal Ilmu kelautan dan Perikanan Universitas Hasanuddin. Maret 2008,