SS1.10 Marine Protected Areas: Critical tools for Marine Biodiversity Conservation
Date: Monday, June 10, 2002
Time: 2:45:00 PM
Location: Esquimalt
 
LaraMR, CIMAS/Univ. of Miami/NOAA, Miami, USA, mlara@rsmas.miami.edu
Jones, D, L, CIMAS/Univ. of Miami/NOAA, Miami, USA, djones@rsmas.miami.edu
Lamkin, J, T, NOAA, Miami, USA, John.Lamkin@noaa.gov
 
MONITORING CORAL REEF FISH UTILIZATION OF MPA'S AND INSHORE HABITATS IN FLORIDA BAY, USA
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It is our intent to map the source of recruits in the Sanctuary Preservation Areas (SPA) of the Florida Keys and the Dry Tortugas Sanctuary using otolith microchemistry as a natural tag. Commercially important snapper and grouper communities are believed to recruit to the reef from other areas, such as seagrass and mangrove habitats of Florida Bay, where they may spend their juvenile phase before migrating to the coral reefs as young adults. The source of recruits is of particular importance given the recent efforts to restore Florida Bay and the establishment of SPA's and the Tortugas Ecological Reserve. Otolith samples will be analyzed using ICP-MS to determine a