Large-scale Coral Bleaching and Disease Response Survey and Organismal Measures of Resilience in the South Florida Reef Tract
   Meagan Johnson, The Nature Conservancy

Abstract: Starting in 2005, the Florida Reef Resilience Program (FRRP) implemented a coordinated response to quantitatively document the extent, severity, and impacts of coral bleaching events across the South Florida reef tract from Martin County to the Dry Tortugas. This Disturbance Response Monitoring (DRM) was once again implemented beginning in August 2008 during peak bleaching conditions. Training workshops were held for all participating agencies and organizations prior to the implementation of the surveys. The probabilistic sampling design and monitoring protocol were then distributed among the teams of surveyors. Each team was assigned a certain number of sampling points to be completed over the eight week period. In addition to the surveys, tissue samples are being collected from Montastrea faveolata and Acropora cervicornis in the Upper and Lower Keys to be analyzed for genetic composition, dinoflagellate algal symbiont composition, and biomarker indicators of health. Due to the increased number of storms during the sampling period, surveys were extended through the middle of October 2008 to ensure completion.

Award Matching Funds Total
$61,700.00 $61,700.00 $123,400.00

Year Funded Starting Date Ending Date
2007 7/1/2008 4/15/2010

Location: Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties