Baseline assessment of fish and benthic communities of the Flower Garden Banks (NODC Accession 0118358)

Metadata Updated: May 15, 2017

The proposed work develop baseline information on fish and benthic communities within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS). Surveys will employ 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 will be to provide baseline data for all benthic habitats and communities.

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Metadata Date October 17, 2015
Metadata Created Date May 15, 2017
Metadata Updated Date May 15, 2017
Reference Date(s) June 1, 2013 (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date October 17, 2015
Metadata Created Date May 15, 2017
Metadata Updated Date May 15, 2017
Reference Date(s) June 1, 2013 (publication)
Responsible Party NOAA/NCCOS/CCMA/Biogeography Branch (Point of Contact)
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Bbox East Long -93.59
Bbox North Lat 27.92
Bbox South Lat 27.87
Bbox West Long -93.82
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Metadata Type geospatial
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Temporal Extent Begin 2009-05-01
Temporal Extent End 2012-09-01

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