Habitat mapping effort at the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary – Current status and future needs

Intelmann, Steven S. (2006) Habitat mapping effort at the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary – Current status and future needs. Silver Spring, MD, NOAA/National Ocean Service/National Marine Sanctuary Program, (Marine Sanctuaries Conservation Series, NMSP-0)

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Abstract

With elevating interest to establish conservation efforts for groundfish stocks and continued scrutiny over the value of marine protected areas along the west coast, the importance of enhancing our knowledge of seabed characteristics through mapping activities is becoming increasingly more important, especially in a timely manner. Shortly after the inception of the Seabed Mapping Initiative instituted with the US Geological Survey (USGS), the National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP) assembled a panel of habitat mapping experts. They determined that the status of existing data sets and future data acquisition needs varied widely among the individual sanctuaries and that more detailed site assessments were needed to better prioritize mapping efforts and outline an overall joint strategy. To assist with that specific effort and provide pertinent information for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary’s (OCNMS) Management Plan Review, this report summarizes the mapping efforts that have taken place at the site to date; calculates a timeframe for completion of baseline mapping efforts when operating under current data acquisition limitations; describes an optimized survey strategy to dramatically reduce the required time to complete baseline surveying; and provides estimates for the needed vessel sea-days (DAS) to accomplish baseline survey completion within a 2, 5 and 10 year timeframe. (PDF contains 38 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Habitat mapping effort at the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary – Current status and future needs
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Intelmann, Steven S.
Series Name: Marine Sanctuaries Conservation Series
Number: NMSP-0
Date: 2006
Publisher: NOAA/National Ocean Service/National Marine Sanctuary Program
Place of Publication: Silver Spring, MD
Issuing Agency: United States National Ocean Service
Uncontrolled Keywords: Benthic; Habitat mapping; Side scan sonar; Multibeam echosounder; Multibeam side scan sonar; Interferometric side scan and bathymetry; Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary; Essential fish habitat
Subjects: Ecology
Management
Fisheries
Environment
Item ID: 2287
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2009 00:16
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 19:19
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2287

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