EPA Science Inventory

Coral Reef Biological Criteria: Using Clean Water Act to Protect a National Treasure

Citation:

FISHER, W. S. AND P. BRADLEY. Coral Reef Biological Criteria: Using Clean Water Act to Protect a National Treasure. Presented at Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas Global Summit on Coastal Seas, Baltimore, MD, August 28 - 31, 2011.

Description:

A collaborative Environmental Protection Agency effort is underway to elucidate the technical aspects of coral reef biocriteria implementation. A stony coral rapid bioassessment protocol has been introduced and applied in the Florida Keys and U.S. Virgin Islands, where several indicators were validated for sensitivity to human disturbance. Additional assemblages (fish, octocorals, sponges) are now being examined for responsiveness. Linkage of coral condition to watershed land use activities, using landscape characterization, has been demonstrated in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Assessment options for long-term programs, such as rotating panel designs, have been elucidated and technical guidance developed. Once adopted, a bioassessment monitoring program for biocriteria will provide legally-defensible records of coral condition and regulatory compliance.

Purpose/Objective:

Abstract for presentation at the Global Summit on Coastal Seas

URLs/Downloads:

11-3272.PDF   (PDF,NA pp, 42 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Start Date: 08/28/2011
Completion Date: 08/28/2011
Record Last Revised: 03/06/2014
Record Created: 03/04/2011
Record Released: 03/04/2011
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 233702

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS RESEARCH LAB

GULF ECOLOGY DIVISION

BIOLOGICAL EFFECTS AND POPULATION RESPONSE BRANCH