Habitat mapping to inform future survey efficiencies, management strategies, and climate change research


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Nova Southeastern University (NSU)

DWH Project Funding

0

Known Leveraged Funding

0

Funding Organization

The U.S. Department of Treasury

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 5: Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program

Project Location: Florida

Funding Source: Transocean
Controlling Document: The RESTORE Act
Year Awarded: 2015

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Environmental Research
Monitoring and Observations

Targeted Resources

Fish / Fish Habitats

Project Description

The continental shelf off Florida’s west coast is a complex mosaic of essential fish habitats including seagrass beds and carbonate reef outcroppings (hard bottom). Habitat maps and fish community baseline data, however, do not exist for most of the region. This project will characterize and map continental shelf seagrass and hard bottom habitats in nearshore areas fished by many recreational fishermen. Outputs include: recommendations will be made as to how satellite data can best be utilized to improve habitat surveys’ scope and efficiency; and first hard bottom habitat maps and baseline reef community characterizations for 1,600 square kilometers of the West Florida continental shelf off Tampa Bay.

Project Contact

Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

Florida Wildlife Research Institute


Project ID: 383
Project Name: Habitat mapping to inform future survey efficiencies, management strategies, and climate change research
SourceUID: flracep-2015-10
Latitude: 27.78
Longitude: -82.95
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Florida
County:
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Environmental Research
Additional Project Action(s): Monitoring and Observations
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Fish / Fish Habitats
Targeted Resource(s):
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2017
Implementing Organization: Nova Southeastern University (NSU)
Implementing Organization Type: Non-Governmental Organization
Point of Contact – Name: Walker, Brian
Point of Contact – Phone: walkerb@nova.edu
Point of Contact – Email: 954-262-3675
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: Florida Wildlife Research Institute
Link: http://fio.usf.edu/restore-act
Project Comments: Location is center of study area
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: 0
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 293202
DWH Funder: The U.S. Department of Treasury
DWH Funder Type: Federal
DWH Funding Program: The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 5: Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program
DWH Dollar Amount : 293202
DWH Source: Transocean
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: The RESTORE Act
Award Year: 2015
Award Month: 10
Total Amount Leveraged: 0
Completeness: CA-PB