University Team Completes Benthic Inventory for Bioeffects Assessment
The National Centers for C0astal Ocean Science led a team of benthic biologists to complete a final examination of a large collection of samples from the central California coast. These data will be combined with chemical and physical data to assess habitat quality, advance bioeffects indicator development, and inform management decision-making in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Samples from the 75 stations on the continental shelf, slope, and canyons included a total of 41,981 animals from 793 taxa, including previously undescribed species. This is part of a broader effort to understand sediment dynamics and contaminant fate and effects along the central California coast in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey.