M/V WAVE WALKER Coral Reef Restoration Baseline Monitoring Report - 2004
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Monroe County, Florida
Erik C. Franklin, J. Harold Hudson, Jeff Anderson
National Marine Sanctuary Program
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
This document presents the results of baseline monitoring of a repaired coral reef injured by the M/V Wave Walker vessel grounding incident of January 19, 2001. This grounding occurred in Florida state waters within the boundaries of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS). The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Board of Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund of the State of Florida, (“State of Florida” or “state”) are the co-trustees for the natural resources within the FKNMS. This report documents the efficacy of the restoration effort, the condition of the restored reef area one year and three months post-effort, and provides a picture of surrounding reference areas, so as to provide a basis for future comparisons by which to evaluate the long-term success of the restoration.
Keywords: Coral, Florida Keys, National Marine Sanctuary Program, grounding, restoration, monitoring, Montastrea annularis.