Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
SE Florida, Community Composition, Reef Habitats, ICRS11, Reef Status and Trends
The Southeast (SE) Florida coral reef system is the northern extension of the Florida reef tract. This high latitude system lies offshore a heavily populated and urbanized coast and therefore is affected by numerous environmental and anthropogenic stressors. Using annual monitoring data collected in 2004, the southeast lorida reef community was analyzed to investigate patterns in community composition in various habitat types. Data was collected by SCUBA divers who conducted a 30m2 belt transect survey at 24 sample sites offshore Broward County (SE), Florida. Sites ranged in depth range from six to 18 meters. The 24 sites occurred on five different reef habitat categories: ridge-shallow, colonized pavement-shallow, linear inner reef, linear middle reef, and linear outer reef. These sites were established for the Broward County Board of County Commissioners and Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department, Biological Resources Division, in order to monitor Broward County coral communities and sedimentation rates in relation to possible effects from a beach renourishment project. The assessment took place prior to the renourishment project.
Sathe, M. P.; Gilliam, David S.; Dodge, Richard E.; and Fisher, L. E., "Patterns in Southeast Florida Coral Reef Community Composition" (2008). Marine & Environmental Sciences Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures. 43.