Project Title: Antipatharian Distribution and Suitability Mapping in the Mesophotic Zone of the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico
Goal or Purpose

To document the diversity and distribution of black corals and associated fauna in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, validate the process of making in situ identifications of mesophotic black coral species, and generate, validate, and test habitat suitability models, using both presence-only and presence-absence techniques, for their predicted distribution in the region.

Anticipated Management Application(s)

The model will be directly applied to current research activities and partnerships at the FGBNMS, and help focus research, management, and conservation efforts.

Fiscal Funding:
  • FY 2012 @ $39,900

 
Region(s):
  • Gulf of Mexico Council
Location(s):
  •  None Defined.
Black coral, Tanacetipathes sp., in deep water habitat at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS). Credit: UNCW-UVP/FGBNMS
Project Type:
  • Habitat Suitability Modeling
Point of Contact: Office of the Point of Contact:
  • NOS FGBNMS
Team Members:
  •  None Defined.
Project Title: Antipatharian Distribution and Suitability Mapping in the Mesophotic Zone of the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico
Methods/Approach  None Defined
Project Results and Management Outcomes  None Defined
Project Title: Antipatharian Distribution and Suitability Mapping in the Mesophotic Zone of the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico
Internal References:
  •  None Defined
 
Backlinks:
  •  None Defined

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Black coral, Tanacetipathes sp., in deep water habitat at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS). Credit: UNCW-UVP/FGBNMS