Farallon De Medinilla 2017 Species Level Coral Reef Survey Report
SSC Pacific San Diego
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Coral reef surveys were conducted at Farallon de Medinilla FDM September 27 October 1, 2017 by Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific SSC Pacific, Scientific Diving Services SDS to satisfy requirements of the Mariana Islands Training and Testing Area Biological Opinion MITT BO issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service in 2015 NMFS 2015. Two reports have been produced, based upon the field data obtained. The first report entitled Farallon De Medinilla 2017 Coral Reef Survey Report is dated May 2018 Carilli et al., 2018. This document should be regarded as the second report of the 2017 survey results. The May 2018 report fulfilled all Terms and Conditions numbers 4 and 5 of the 2015 MITT BO NMFS 2015. For this report, surveys were conducted in all habitat types around the island, including collection of approximately 750 photoquadrats on 50 transects and 250 additional representative photos in the survey area. Corals from 26 genera were identified in photoquadrats and representative photographs for this reporting effort. The results of the research above is detailed in this report.
- Biological Oceanography