EXPANSION OF USEPA/NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary by vYcL52D

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									     NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
    Oceanographic Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL,




Presentation to the 10th Meeting of the
     U. S. Coral Reef Task Force
          CNMI and Guam
          October 3–6, 2003
                   EXPANSION OF
     Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Coral Reef Evaluation & Monitoring Project
        to SOUTHEAST FLORIDA




        This project is funded by the the NOAA Coastal Ocean Program
                  for the Florida DEP, FMRI, and NSU NCRI.
   The Florida Coral Reef Evaluation &
    Monitoring Project’s GOAL is to:

Provide relevant and timely information on
status and trends of Florida’s coral reef and
hard bottom resources with respect to coral
species richness, benthic cover, and coral
disease
43 Original CREMP Monitoring Sites:
Hardbottom Habitat      Patch Reef Habitat
7 Sites                 11 Sites




             OFFSHORE REEFS




     Shallow Habitat             Deep Habitat
             12 Sites                 13 Sites
                                  Milestones
FKNMS Coral Reef   1994: Strategy and Methods
   Evaluation      1995: Site Selection and Installation
 and Monitoring                South Florida
                   1996: FKNMS Site Sampling Began
    Project        1999: Dry Tortugas Site Sampling
                   2001: Value-Added Work Stations
                   2003: Expansion Northward to SE
                     Florida Reefs
            One Reef,
            One Reef
            Tract:

            Reefs of
            Southeast
 Reefs of   Florida.
Peninsula
 Florida
            Reefs of
              the
             Keys
                          Palm Beach
                                         North
                                       Extension
FKNMS Coral
                 South                     to
                    Florida Broward
    Reef                               Southeast
  Evaluation               Dade         Florida
and Monitoring
   Project                   Monroe




                         43 + 10
CREMP collects geo-                          1m             1m
referenced data on stony
coral: Biodiversity, Cover, &
Disease @ 2-4 stations/site

                                                          22 m



                                               Plastic
                                               chain




 Methodologies
                                                      Offshore
 1. Diver Station Species Inventory         Station
 2. Digital Video Transects- 3 each station
                       Stony Coral Cover 1996-2002
                       Mean Percent Stony Coral Cover Sanctuary-wide,
                                        1996-2002*


                     14%   11.9%   11.3%
                     12%                       9.6%
     Percent Cover




                     10%                                  7.4%            7.5%   7.4%   7.5%
                      8%
                      6%
                      4%
                      2%
                      0%
                           1996    1997       1998        1999       2000        2001   2002
   * Revised to include 105 stations remaining after station reduction.

Significant change in stony coral cover was observed sanctuary-wide for each
       year from 1996 through 1999.
No significant change in stony coral cover has been observed since 1999.
Now, Southeast Florida added to the Monitoring Network
   Value of Expanded Florida Monitoring

• Includes full extent of resource
• Addresses recently developed
      LAS priorities
• Consistent w/USCRTF National
      Action Plan & Strategy
• Increases Knowledge &
      Management
• Model Federal, State, County, &
      University Partnership

  Special Acknowledgement to: FDEP Paula Allen; FFWS FMRI Carl R.
     Beaver, Walter C. Jaap, Jennifer Wheaton; NCRI: David Gilliam

								
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