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Accession Number PB2013-103368
Title Ecological Condition of Coastal Ocean Waters of the U.S. Continental Shelf off South Florida: 2007.
Publication Date Sep 2012
Media Count 84p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract A study was initiated with field work in May 2007 to assess the status of ecological condition and stressor impacts throughout the U.S. Continental Shelf off South Florida, focusing on soft-bottom habitats, and to provide this information as a baseline for evaluating future changes due to natural or human-induced disturbances. The boundaries of the study region extended from Anclote Key on the western coast of Florida to West Palm Beach on the eastern coast of Florida, inclusive of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS), and from navigable depths along the shoreline seaward to the shelf break (approx. 100m). The study incorporated standard methods and indicators applied in previous national coastal monitoring programs U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) and National Coastal Assessment (NCA) including multiple measures of water quality, sediment quality, and biological condition. Synoptic sampling of the various indicators provided an integrative weight-of-evidence approach to assessing condition at each station and a basis for examining potential associations between presence of stressors and biological responses. A probabilistic sampling design, which included 50 stations distributed randomly throughout the region, was used to provide a basis for estimating the spatial extent of condition relative to the various measured indicators and corresponding assessment endpoints (where available). The study was conducted through a large cooperative effort by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), EPA, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), NOAA/Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)/Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory in Miami, FKNMS, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Keywords Biological condition
Coastal ocean waters
Continental shelf
Ecological condition
Monitoring programs
Sampling design
Sediment quality
Water quality
Water quality analysis

Source Agency National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NTIS Subject Category 57H - Ecology
48B - Natural Resource Management
47D - Biological Oceanography
Corporate Author National Ocean Service, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1308
Contract Number N/A

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