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Habitat and fish population in the deep-sea Oculina coral ecosystem of the western Atlantic

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Abstract

In this paper, we describe results from mapping studies conducted in 2001 and improvements to reef fish populations that have occurred in the last few years. We find that less than 10% of the area contains intact Oculina coral thickets, which we continue to attribute primarily to trawling. In addition, we find increased grouper density and male abundance inside the protected area, suggesting population recovery, and the appearance of juvenile speckled hind Epinephelus drummondhayi (family Serranidae), suggesting nursery function for this and possibly other commercially important species.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Habitat and fish population in the deep-sea Oculina coral ecosystem of the western Atlantic
Year Published 2005
Language English
Publisher American Fisheries Society
Contributing office(s) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Larger Work Type Conference Paper
Larger Work Subtype Conference Paper
Larger Work Title Benthic habitats and the effects of fishing: Proceedings of Symposium on Effects of Fishing Activities on Benthic Habitats--Linking Geology, Biology, Socioeconomics, and Management
Conference Title Symposium on Effects of Fishing Activities on Benthic Habitats--Linking Geology, Biology, Socioeconomics, and Management
Conference Location Tampa, Florida
Conference Date November 12-14, 2002