Baseline assessment of fish communities of the Flower Garden Banks

Metadata Updated: March 11, 2021

The work developed baseline information on fish and benthic communities within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS). Surveys employed diving, technical diving, ROV, and hydroacoustics technologies for a comprehensive assessment of the fish and benthic habitat communities of the East and West Bank. The FGBNMS represents the northernmost tropical western Atlantic coral reef on the continental shelf and support the most highly developed offshore hard bank community in the region. The complexity of habitats supports a diverse assemblage of organisms including approximately 250 species of fish, 23 species of coral, and 80 species of algae in addition to large sponge communities. Understanding and monitoring these resources is critical to both sanctuary inventory and management activities. During the course of the sanctuary's management plan review process, the impact of fishing was identified as a priority issue, and the concept of a research only area was suggested. The purpose of this project was to provide baseline data for all benthic habitats and communities.

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Metadata Created Date March 11, 2021
Metadata Updated Date March 11, 2021
Data Update Frequency irregular

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date March 11, 2021
Metadata Updated Date March 11, 2021
Publisher NOAA/NCCOS/CCMA/Biogeography Branch (Point of Contact)
Unique Identifier Unknown
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Identifier Baseline assessment of fish communities of the Flower Garden Banks
Language en-US
Data Last Modified 2013-06-01
Public Access Level public
Data Update Frequency irregular
Bureau Code 006:48
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Temporal 2009-05-01T00:00:00/2011-07-01T00:00:00

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