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Benthic Habitat Survey Methodologies Compared

A scientist from the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science presented a poster at the 62nd annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Meeting, held November 2-6th in Cumana, Venezuela. The poster outlined preliminary results from a comparison study of two habitat survey methodologies, specifically regarding differences in estimates of percent bottom cover. Preliminary analyses show no statistical difference in the estimates between methods, but the comparison does note differences in post processing time and initial equipment costs. Both survey methodologies are used in the collaborative Integrated Biogeographic Assessment of the Tortugas Ecological Reserve, currently in preparation.

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