Artificial reef monitoring in Florida coastal counties

Seaman, William (2004) Artificial reef monitoring in Florida coastal counties. Gainesville, FL, Florida Sea Grant Collge Program, (Florida Sea Grant Extension Bulletin, SGEB-5)

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This bulletin describes artificial reef monitoring programs in Florida. At least half the nation’s human-made marine reefs are estimated to be in Florida waters and high interest exists statewide among fishing, diving, governmental, economic and other stakeholders in the performance of these structures and the habitats that they create. Further, the level and breadth of activity in Florida makes it a bellwether, nationally and worldwide, for interests concerned with aquatic science, ecosystem management and environmental technology for habitat restoration or creation. Recent developments in Florida have prompted increased interest and effort in “monitoring” of reefs. These include extensive studies and disseminating results by the academic research community and the advent of governmental funding for monitoring projects in Florida counties. In response, this study was undertaken to gauge this growing field. Assessment of reef performance—including evaluation of how well they meet objectives for which they were created—has been a neglected subject in many areas of the world. More immediate issues of reef materials selection, siting and deployment usually take precedence in the short-term. A principal readership for this paper is the network of county-level organizations and individuals whose largely independent efforts, taken as a composite, make up much of the Florida reef “program.” Information presented here describes the extent and nature of reef monitoring in Florida counties, how data are managed and aspects of communication about reefs. (16pp.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Artificial reef monitoring in Florida coastal counties
Personal Creator/Author:
Seaman, William
Series Name: Florida Sea Grant Extension Bulletin
Number: SGEB-5
Date: 2004
Publisher: Florida Sea Grant Collge Program
Place of Publication: Gainesville, FL
Projects: NOAA Grant No. NA16RG-2195
Department: Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Funders: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Institution: University of Florida
Issuing Agency: Florida Sea Grant College Program
Uncontrolled Keywords: Florida; artificial reefs; monitoring
Subjects: Ecology
Item ID: 416
Depositing User: Stephanie Haas
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2007 16:59
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 22:05

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