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Florida DEP CAMA: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Water Quality Monitoring Program

Sponsoring Organization:  Florida Department of Environmental Protection: Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas (CAMA): Southern portion of FL

Description:  For well over 30 years, Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary (NMS) and Looe Key NMS have provided protection to exemplary portions of Florida's Reef Tract. However, public concern about increasing threats to each of the habitats that comprise this sub-tropical ecosystem resulted in the establishment of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) in 1990. Additionally, as part of the state of Florida/s effort to protect the waters in the Keys, the Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve and Lignumvitae Key Aquatic Preserve were created. Few marine environments in the U.S. compare to the Florida Keys in terms of natural beauty and natural resources. The most extensive living coral reef in the United States is adjacent to the 126 mile island chain of the Florida Keys. The Keys are located on the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, beginning 60 miles south of Miami and ending just 90 miles north of Cuba. These coral reefs are intimately linked to a marine ecosystem that supports one of the most unique and diverse assemblages of plants and animals in North America. The 2,900 square nautical mile FKNMS surrounds the entire archipelago of the Florida Keys and includes the productive waters of Florida Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Cultural resources are also contained within the sanctuary. The proximity of coral reefs to centuries old shipping routes has resulted in a high concentration of shipwrecks and an abundance of artifacts. This complex marine ecosystem also supports tourism and commercial fishing, the economic foundation of the Florida Keys. In the last 20 years the tourism industry has grown to over four million domestic and foreign visitors who drive, fly or cruise each year to the most accessible tropical paradise in the Caribbean Basin. The Keys support 82,000 full-time residents. Tourists and semi-permanent residents increase this population by 75% during "season" (November to April). This ecosystem's extensive nursery, feeding and br

Web Site:  http://www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/keys/

Duration:  01/01/1995 to present  (as of 03/19/2009)

Program Contact:  Dr. Joe Boyer

Program Contact Email:  boyerj@fiu.edu

Program Purpose:  The Water Quality Monitoring Project is a component of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Water Quality Protection Program established by EPA in 1995 to characterize status and trends in water quality of the Florida Keys.

Data Access Web URL:  http://serc.fiu.edu/wqmnetwork/FKNMS-CD/DataDL.htm

Data Access Information:  Data downloads available in uM, ppm or Metadata file formats. http://serc.fiu.edu/wqmnetwork/FKNMS-CD/DataDL.htm

Data Access Policy:  Data User Agreement Data from the SERC-FIU WQMN are freely available for academic, research, or professional purposes subject to the following user terms: 1. User shall notify designated SERC-FIU WQMN researchers when any future work based on or derived from this data is published. 2. User agrees not to redistribute original SERC-FIU WQMN data. 3. User will acknowledge the support of the SERC-FIU WQMN Program and Appropriate grant/contract numbers in any publications using these data with the following citation: ‘Data were provided by the SERC-FIU Water Quality Monitoring Network which is supported by SFWMD/SERC Cooperative Agreements #4600000352 as well as EPA Agreement #X994621-94-0.’ 4. User agrees to send 2 reprints of any publications resulting from the use of the data and documentation to the following address: Dr. Joseph N. Boyer, Southeast Environmental Research Center, OE-148, Florida International University, Miami, FL 33199

Data Access Policy Web URL:  http://serc.fiu.edu/wqmnetwork/FKNMS-CD/DataDL.htm

Sampling Design:  Field parameters measured at each station include salinity (practical salinity scale), temperature (ºC), dissolved oxygen (DO, mg l-1), turbidity (NTU), relative fluorescence, and light attenuation (Kd, m-1). Water chemistry variables include the dissolved nutrients nitrate (NO3-), nitrite (NO2-), ammonium (NH4 +), dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN), and soluble reactive phosphate (SRP). Total unfiltered concentrations of nitrogen (TN), organic nitrogen (TON), organic carbon (TOC), phosphorus (TP), and silicate (SiO2) were also measured. The biological parameters included in the study were chlorophyll a (CHLA, μg l-1) and alkalinep hosphatase activity (APA, μM h-1).

Data Collection Area Name:  Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Monitoring Stations:  no stations are currently registered in the database

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