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Eutrophication of shallow coastal bays typically causes a shift in dominance from seagrass and perennial macroalgae to ephemeral, bloom-forming algae.
In shallow coastal systems where light reaches the seafloor, benthic plants and bacteria mediate nutrient cycling and play a key role in removing or transforming nutrient inputs from watersheds before they reach the coastal ocean.