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||Miller SL., Chiappone M., Rutten L.
||Abundance, Distribution and Condition of Acropora Corals, Other Benthic Coral Reef Organisms, and Marine Debris in the Upper Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
||Center for Marine Science, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
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||1922: F064 Coral Reef Rapid Assessments, Monitoring, and Modeling in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Sarah Fangman
||"During 29 days of fieldwork from May 5 to September 10, 2011, scientists from the Center for Marine Science, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, surveyed the density, size, and condition of Acropora corals, other benthic coral reef organisms, including urchins, anemones, corallimorpharians, and mollusks, as well as marine debris abundance and impacts to the benthos in the upper Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS). Benthic surveys using two replicate 15-m transects were conducted using a two-stage stratified design (Smith et al. 2011) that partitioned the sampling domain by habitat type (cross-shelf location and depth), geographic region (upper, middle and lower Keys), and management zone (inside and outside of FKNMS no-take zones). A total of 280 sites were surveyed to document the status and trends of benthic coral reef organisms, with a specific focus in 2011 on populations of Acropora corals. Funding was provided by NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program and The Department of Commerce's 1535 Endangered Species Act Projects. Dive support was provided by NOAA's Aquarius Reef Base and the upper Keys office of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The survey team also included personnel from Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary and the FKNMS Damage Assessment and Response Research Program (DARRP). To support work with our expanding partner groups, a Field Protocol Manual was produced in 2011 (www.people.uncw.edu/millers) to help guide sampling in 2012 for a system-wide assessment of Acropora populations, including the Florida Keys, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico."