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Accession Number PB2013-101257
Title Assessment of Natural Resource Condition in and Adjacent to Dry Tortugas National Park.
Publication Date Jul 2012
Media Count 210p
Personal Author C. Addison F. Christopher G. Jeffrey J. S. Ault S. D. Hile
Abstract This project characterized and assessed the condition of coastal water resources in the Dry Tortugas National Park (DRTO) located in the Florida Keys. The goal of the assessment was to: (1) identify the state of knowledge of natural resources that exist within the DRTO, (2) summarize the state of knowledge about natural and anthropogenic stressors and threats that affected these resources, and (3) describe strategies being implemented by DRTO managers to meet their resource management goals. The park, located in the Straits of Florida 113 km (70 miles) west of Key West, is relatively small (269 km2) with seven small islands and extensive shallow water coral reefs. Significant natural resources within DRTO include coastal and oceanic waters, coral reefs, reef fisheries, seagrass beds, and sea turtle and bird nesting habitats. This report focuses on marine natural resources identified by DRTO resource managers and researchers as being vitally important to the Tortugas region and the wider South Florida ecosystem. Selected marine resources included physical resources (geology, oceanography, and water quality) and biological resources (coral reef and hardbottom benthic assemblages, seagrass and algal communities, reef fishes and macro invertebrates, and wildlife (sea turtles and sea-birds)). In the past few decades, some of these resources have deteriorated because of natural and anthropogenic factors that are local and global in scale. To meet mandated goals (Chapter 1), resource managers need information on: (1) the types and condition of natural and cultural resources that occur within the park and (2) the stressors and threats that can affect those resources. This report synthesizes and summarizes information on: (1) the status of marine natural resources occurring at DRTO; and (2) types of stressors and threats currently affecting those resources at the DRTO.
Keywords Coastal water resources
Coral reefs
Dry Tortugas National Park(Florida Keys)
Natural resources
Reef fisheries
Resource management
Shallow water

Source Agency National Park Service
NTIS Subject Category 48B - Natural Resource Management
57H - Ecology
Corporate Author National Ocean Service, Silver Spring, MD. Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1302
Contract Number N/A

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