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Hurricanes and anchors: preliminary results from the National Park Service regional reef assessment program

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Abstract

The U .S . National Park Service NPS began a Regional Assessment Program for coral reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida in 1988. Scientists from NPS and six other institutions have now established longterm monitoring sites at Virgin Islands National Park St. John, USVI, Buck Island Reef National Monument St. Croix, USVI, Biscayne National Park Florida and Fort Jefferson National Monument Florida. Hurricane Hugo passed through the USVI in 1989, causing severe destruction in some reef areas while leaving others untouched. Patchy damage to reefs in Florida was also noted after Hurricane Andrew; damage from this August 1992 storm is still being assessed. Fort Jefferson National Monument escaped the onslaught of Andrew. No significant recovery in live coral cover has been evident at the Buck Island or Virgin Islands National Park VINP study sites 3.5 years after Hurricane Hugo. Similarly, no recovery was evident at another site in St. John which was destroyed by a large anchor 4.5 years ago.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Title Hurricanes and anchors: preliminary results from the National Park Service regional reef assessment program
Year Published 1994
Language English
Publisher Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami
Publisher location Miami, FL
Description 7 p.
First page C26
Last page C31
Conference Title Proceedings of the Colloquium on Global Aspects of Coral Reefs: Health, Hazards and History
Conference Location Miami, FL
Conference Date 06/10/1993
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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