Detailed seafloor habitat mapping to enhance marine-resource management

Fact Sheet 2010-3090
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Abstract

Pictures of the seafloor capture important information about the sediments, exposed geologic features, submerged aquatic vegetation, and animals found in a given habitat. With the emergence of marine protected areas (MPAs) as a favored tactic for preserving coral reef resources, knowledge of essential habitat components is paramount to designing effective management strategies. Surprisingly, detailed information on seafloor habitat components is not available in many areas that are being considered for MPA designation or that are already designated as MPAs. A task of the U.S. Geological Survey Coral Reef Ecosystem STudies (USGS CREST) project is addressing this issue.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Detailed seafloor habitat mapping to enhance marine-resource management
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2010-3090
DOI 10.3133/fs20103090
Year Published 2010
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) St. Petersburg Science Center
Description 2 p.