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Detailed seafloor habitat mapping to enhance marine-resource management

November 15, 2011

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.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2010
Title Detailed seafloor habitat mapping to enhance marine-resource management
DOI 10.3133/fs20103090
Authors David G. Zawada, Kristen M. Hart
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Fact Sheet
Series Number 2010-3090
Index ID fs20103090
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization St. Petersburg Science Center