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Assessment of fish populations and habitat on Oculina Bank, a deep-sea coral marine protected area off eastern Florida
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|Title:||Assessment of fish populations and habitat on Oculina Bank, a deep-sea coral marine protected area off eastern Florida.||
Harter, Stacey, creator
Ribera, M. M., creator
Shepard, Andrew N., creator
Reed, John K., creator
|Type of Resource:||text|
|Publisher:||National Marine Fisheries Service|
|Identifier:||3183810 (digitool), FADT3183810 (IID), fau:5985 (fedora)|
A portion of the Oculina Bank located off eastern Florida is a marine protected area (MPA) preserved for its dense populations of the ivory tree coral (Oculina varicosa), which provides important habitat for fish. Surveys of fish assemblages and benthic habitat were conducted inside and outside the MPA in 2003 and 2005 by using remotely operated vehicle video transects and digital still imagery. This is the first study to compare reef fish populations on O. varicosa with other structure-forming reef habitats and also the first to examine the effectiveness of the MPA for restoring fish populations and live reef cover.
This manuscript is available at http://fishbull.noaa.gov and may be cited as: Harter, S. L., Ribera, M. M., Shepard, A. N., & Reed, J. K. (2009). Assessment of fish populations and habitat on Oculina Bank, a deep-sea coral marine protected area off eastern Florida. Fishery Bulletin, 107(2), 195-206.
Florida Atlantic University. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute contribution #1732.
Marine protected areas
Marine habitat conservation
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|Restrictions on Access:||©2009 National Marine Fisheries Service|