Deep-water Oculina coral reefs of Florida: biology, impacts, and management

  title={Deep-water Oculina coral reefs of Florida: biology, impacts, and management},
  author={John K. Reed},
Deep-water Oculina coral reefs, which are similar in structure and development to deep-water Lophelia reefs, stretch over 167 km (90 nmi) at depths of 70–100 m along the eastern Florida shelf of the United States. These consist of numerous pinnacles and ridges, 3–35 m in height. Coral growth rates average 16.1 mm yr−1 and biodiversity is very rich. Extensive areas of Oculina rubble may be due to human impacts (e.g. fish trawling and dredging, anchoring, bottom longlines) and natural processes… CONTINUE READING
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