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Coral Reef Biological Criteria: Using Clean Water Act to Protect a National Treasure
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.
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.
Abstract for presentation at the Global Summit on Coastal Seas
Record Details:Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
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