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Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Research Strategy

International Workshop to Prioritize Research and Management Needs

For resource managers to make informed decisions, they require the most up-to-date scientific information for resources under their purview. In the case of mesophotic coral ecosystems, so little is known about them that what is needed most is baseline information on their location, characteristics, perceived threats, condition, and the causes and consequences of that condition.

In an effort to further the understanding of these ecosystems, a Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Research Strategy was developed based on the 2008 Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Workshop hosted by the Perry Institute for Marine Science and organized by NOAA (Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research and NOAA's Undersea Research Program) and the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Research Strategy> identifies critical research needs to help inform management and guide NOAA supported activities related to mesophotic coral ecosystems. Mesophotic coral ecosystems are characterized by the presence of light-dependent corals and associated communities typically found at depths ranging from 30-40 m and extending to over 150 m in tropical and subtropical regions.

The Mesophotic Corals Ecosystem Strategy:


Puglise KA, Hinderstein LM, Marr JCA, Dowgiallo MJ, Martinez FA. 2009. Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems Research Strategy: International Workshop to Prioritize Research and Management Needs for Mesophotic Coral Ecosystems, Jupiter, Florida, 12-15 July 2008. Silver Spring, MD: NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research, and Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, NOAA Undersea Research Program. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 98 and OAR OER 2. 24 pp.