Home > Explore Data & Reports > Assessment of dredged material created habitat in the South Atlantic Bight – Fernandina Beach Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS)

Citation:

Vander Pluym, J., J.C. Taylor, E. Ebert, S. Groves, M. Parsons, C. McArthur, and W. Lehmann. 2017. Assessment of dredged material created habitat in the South Atlantic Bight – Fernandina Beach Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site (ODMDS). NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 238. Beaufort, NC. 86 pp. https://doi.org/10.7289/V5/TM-NOS-NCCOS-238

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NOAA Technical Memorandum

Description

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) collaborated with EPA Region 4 Water Protection Division of Coastal and Marine Resources and Wetland Enforcement Section to assess Ocean Dredge Material Dump Sites (ODMDS) as essential fish habitat off the coast of Fernandina Beach, FL. The objectives of this project were to: (1) establish common monitoring protocols for assessing benthic biological habitats and fish communities comparable to surveys previously conducted in the southeast region; and (2) evaluate fishery acoustic surveys and metrics of remotely sensed fish density as measures of the habitat value and beneficial use of rocky dredge material disposed at the Fernandina Beach ODMDS.

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