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Benthic habitats of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

Author(s): Kendall, M.S., O.P. Jensen, G. McFall, R. Bohne, D. Field, C. Alexander, and M.E. Monaco

NCCOS Center: CCMA (

Center Team: Biogeography

Name of Publisher: NOAA

Place of Publication: Silver Spring,MD

Publication Type: Report

Date of Publication: 2003

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Extent of Work: 16 pp.

Keywords: benthic mapping, Carolinian Province

Abstract: Gray’s Reef was designated as a National Marine Sanctuary in 1981. It encompasses a 58 km2 area of sand and rock bottom located 27 km off the coast of Georgia. It was selected as a Sanctuary in part due to the complex mosaic of habitats in the area including sand plains, caves, scarps, and rocky overhangs (figure 1) which support a diverse assemblage of organisms including approximately 150 species of fish, 200 species of invertebrates, and 65 species of seaweed. Despite a wealth of investigations on the natural resources of the biota and benthic features of Gray’s Reef, only coarse benthic maps of the area have been produced

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