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Oysters are an important indicator species which are excellent for examining the impacts of restoration on estuarine ecosystems In this article The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan CERP is used in an attempt to improve the hydrology spatial and structural characteristics of oyster reefs the recruitment and survivorship of C virginica and the reef-associated communities of organisms Biological responses and environmental conditions act as an aid for assessing positive or negative trends in oyster responses and population trends Based on the oyster responses a communication tool was created that can distinguish between responses to restoration and natural patterns This tool called the Spotlight Report Card assigns an index score and trend score Once these scores are calculated the tool will convey the status of the indicator and suitability while the trend curves provide information on progress towards reaching the target Based on the information gathered on oyster populations and the responses of oysters in the Caloosahatchee Estuary the system is currently as stage caution CritiqueIn the methods section of this article it is mentioned that oyster response data for various metrics are available for 5-7 years for the Caloosahatchee Estuary However it is also stated that data in excess of 5 years are not available for all of the responses being measured This might be something that would create bias because not only is there no data for the excess of 5 years but a hypothetical data set would be implemented instead This in turn could change the numbers being incorporated into the index score skewing the data being used In the results section of this article it is mentioned that freshwater inflow on the system is more pronounced at the upstream locations compared to the downstream locations However this is just a vague statement with no mention as to how this statement was concluded This statement raises the question what is the relationship between freshwater inflow upstream and salinity One of the goals of CERP
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