Joint Research Program Supports
Management in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
This story entered on 7th May, 2003 05:12:40 AM PST
A new partnership between the Environmental
Protection Agency (Region 4), NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program,
NOAA's Undersea Research Program (NURP), and the Sanctuary Friends
is supporting over $590,000 of coral reef ecosystems research in
the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS). The partnership
is intended to help improve management of the FNKMS by identifying
and understanding cause and effect relationships among pollutants,
transport pathways, and the biological communities of the Sanctuary.
Improved understanding of how the FKNMS responds to stresses will
help managers select the most appropriate plans for reducing those
stresses and ultimately improving ecosystem condition and use.
By pooling resources and sharing administrative costs,
the joint program was able to attract and fund eight quality proposals.
NOAA's 50% match requirement (as set forth in the Coral Reef Conservation
Act of 2000) was exceeded with a total program match of 63%, further
leveraging NOAA funds and extending the impact of the program. Selected
projects examine the impact of toxins on invertebrate reproduction,
coral larvae settlement and distribution, lobster spillover from
reserves, bioindicators for reef monitoring and risk assessment,
origins and impacts of sea fan disease, the impact of protected
zones on coral population structure and dynamics, and human fecal
indicator bacteria and pathogenic viruses.
For FY2003, NURP will administer the Coral Reef Ecosystem
Research section of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Grant Program.
By working through NURP, both the National Ocean Service (NOS) and
the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) benefit from NURP's
experience with competitive and high standards of scientific peer-review,
program planning and field operation, and from the potential leveraging
of NURP dollars towards projects of mutual interest. The Coral Reef
Ecosystems Research grants are being administered through three
separate NURP Centers based on geographical region: Southeast U.S.
and Gulf of Mexico (Southeast U.S. and Gulf of Mexico NURP Center),
U.S. Caribbean (Caribbean Marine Research Center), and Hawai'i and
the Western Pacific (Hawai'i Undersea Research Laboratory).
Name: Kimberly Puglise