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Coral Reef Evaluation and Monitoring Project (CREMP)
The primary goal of the monitoring project is to measure the status and trends of these communities to assist managers in understanding, protecting, and restoring the living marine resources of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Data from the project will be used to determine (1) overall net increase or decrease in stony coral percent cover and stony coral species richness, (2) overall net change in measurable reef community parameters, (3) changes observed in individual reef communities with no overall change on a landscape scale (decreases in one location balanced by increases elsewhere) or changes that are linked to specific regions of the landscape. Each of these potential mechanisms of change will result in different spatial patterns of change. A Sanctuary-wide, rather than a single-location survey, is necessary to detect ecosystem change.

This Sanctuary-wide project is documenting the status of reef habitats at 40 reef sites located within 5 of the 9 EPA Water Quality Segments in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Over the duration of the project, the randomly located reefs in this project may show no net decline. Alternatively, some or all the reefs may show a net decline. Data for each successive sampling year will be compared with prior year’s data to obtain a broader understanding of the dynamics of the FKNMS coral reef system. As the coral reef monitoring is integrated with the seagrass and water quality programs, the results can be used to focus research on determining causality and can be used to inform and evaluate management decisions. The Coral Reef/ Hardbottom Monitoring Project provides the first real opportunity in the Florida Keys to address these questions at the spatial scales required to detect large-scale patterns and discriminate between hypotheses.

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NOTE: Executive summaries provide a concise synthesis of yearly monitoring results. Comprehensive annual reports provide a more detailed analysis of the programís long-term findings and are prepared less frequently.

2012 Executive Summary (PDF, ~ 243 KB)
2011 Executive Summary (PDF, ~ 199 KB)
2010 Executive Summary (PDF, ~ 981 KB)
2009 Annual Report (PDF, ~ 6.7 MB)
2008 Executive Summary (PDF, ~ 981 KB)
2007 Executive Summary (PDF, ~ 3 MB)
2006 Executive Summary (PDF, ~ 3 MB)
2005 Executive Summary (PDF, ~ 607 KB)
2004 Executive Summary (PDF, ~ 16.8 MB)
2003 Executive Summary (PDF, ~ 1 MB)
2002 Executive Summary (PDF, ~ 608 KB)
2001 Executive Summary (PDF, ~ 759 KB)
2000 Annual Report (PDF,~ 1.63 MB)
1997 Annual Report (PDF, ~ 8.4 MB)
1996 Annual Report (PDF, ~ 1.7 MB)

Last Received Special Reports:
2010 Cold Water Event: Patch Reefs

Last Received Data (raw):
2011 - 2013 Non-generic Raw Data (Excel, 1.61 MB)
2011 Non-generic Raw Data (Excel, 174 KB)
2010 Non-generic Raw Data (Excel, 142 KB)
2009 Non-generic Raw Data (Excel, 96 KB)
2008 Non-generic Raw Data (Excel, 121 KB)
1996-2011 Non-generic Consolidated Raw Data (Excel, 1,97 MB)

2011 - 2013 Generic Raw Data (Excel, 640 KB)
2011 Generic Raw Data (Excel, 198 KB)
2010 Generic Raw Data (Excel, 115 KB)
2009 Generic Raw Data (Excel, 111 KB)
2008 Generic Raw Data (Excel, 118 KB)
1996-2011 Generic Consolidated Raw Data (Excel, 1.07 MB)

Last Received Metadata:
2003 Station Species Inventory
2003 Benthic Cover

Video Data Collection - audio included ( AVI, 82.7 MB)
Swim Through a Sampling Station (AVI, 23 MB)
Station Species Inventory (AVI, 32 MB)

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Coral Reef Monitoring
on the Web:
FWC/FWRI - Coral Reef Evaluation and Monitoring Project (CREMP)

Fish and Wildlife
Research Institute

CREMP Contact:
Rob Ruzicka
Phone: (727) 896-8626

Florida Fish and Wildlife
   Conservation Commission
Fish and Wildlife
   Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
Archived Reports:
Searchable PDF files

Sites of Interest:
NOAA Coral Watch