Seagrass beds represent one of the most productive and important habitats within near-shore marine ecosystems. Such areas are vulnerable to impact by shoreline construction projects such as retention walls, piers, and docks. Biome Consulting Group can help incorporate design criteria that will minimize the development impacts to grass beds while still allowing the maximum potential for waterfront development. The first step in any coastal construction project is the identification and location of Submerged Aquatic Vegetation, or seagrass beds. Biome’s team, including scientist trained at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, bring a high level of competence to the conduct of seagrass surveys.