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Mesophotic and Deep Benthic Communities Open Ocean Restoration Planning

Implementing Organization

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; US Department of the Interior


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Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


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Project Actions


Targeted Resources

Benthic Zone/Sea Floor

Project Description

This project will conduct restoration planning for the Mesophotic and Deep Benthic Communities Restoration Type in the Open Ocean Restoration Area. Planning activities may include restoration project screening, developing alternatives, developing project concepts prior to inclusion in a restoration plan, and developing engagement strategies for restoration of mesophotic and deep benthic communities in the Open Ocean Restoration Area.


Stephen Heverly
(301) 427-8626
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