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Picture of Reef Ball with Oculina Coral 800 Feet Below Sea
No map...hey, it's just deep water...
- Update on Success of Reef
Balls in Oculina Banks!
- From the NOAA website, "In
the late summer of 2000, scientists deployed one hundred five reef balls at
three sites on Oculina Banks to determine if the artificial structures could
help to re-establish fish habitat that was once provided by Oculina
coral heads. A year later, during the Islands in the Stream, South Atlantic
Bight Expedition, scientists are encouraged to see fish beginning to
aggregate near them."
- Reef Ball Foundation gave a matching grant to NOAA for this project.
Ocean Explorer Reef ball at Sebastian's Reef 600-800 feet deep! May 2, 2003
Oculina Marine Reserve
2002, Experimental Oculina Project, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
Water Oculina Banks Report from The Slate, Jan. 2002 by John Reed, Senior
Research Scientist Specialist, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution
NOAA Expedition Page
A speckled hind about to
enter one of the reef balls deployed at Sebastian's Reef in September 2000.
Scientists are encouraged by an increased number of fish at these reef ball
sites during the Oculina Bank leg of the Islands in the Stream Expedition.
An Amberjack, Angelfish and Grouper on a
deep water Reef Ball.
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