[Coral-List] Reef Research Needs

Jerald S. Ault jault at rsmas.miami.edu
Wed Nov 9 10:04:23 EST 2011

Curtis, For a snoot-full regarding the Florida Keys, take a look at the
following papers listed below. I respectfully submit that you are way off
base here.  Jerry

Bohnsack, J.A., and J.S. Ault. 1996. Management strategies to conserve
marine biodiversity. Oceanography 9(1): 73-82.

Ault, J.S., J.A. Bohnsack, and G.A. Meester. 1997. Florida Keys National
Marine Sanctuary: retrospective (1979-1995) assessment of reef fish and
the case for protected marine areas. Pages 415-425 in Developing and
Sustaining World Fisheries Resources: The State of Science and Management,
Hancock, D.A., Smith, D.C., Grant, A., and Beumer, J.P. (eds.). 2nd World
Fisheries Congress, Brisbane, Australia, 797 p.

Ault, J.S., J.A. Bohnsack, and G.A. Meester. 1998. A retrospective
(1979-1996) multispecies assessment of coral reef fish stocks in the
Florida Keys. Fishery Bulletin 96(3): 395-414.

Meester, G.A., A. Mehrotra, J.S. Ault, and E.K. Baker. 2004. Designing
marine reserves for fishery management. Management Science 50(8):

Bohnsack, J.A., J.S. Ault, and B. Causey. 2004. Why have no-take marine
protected areas? American Fisheries Society Symposium 42: 185-193.

Ault, J.S., S.G. Smith, J.A. Bohnsack, J. Luo, D.E. Harper, and D.B.
McClellan. 2006. Building sustainable fisheries in Florida’s coral reef
ecosystem: positive signs in the Dry Tortugas. Bulletin of Marine Science
78(3): 633-654.

Ault, J.S., S.G. Smith, and J.A. Bohnsack. 2005. Evaluation of average
length as an estimator of exploitation status for the Florida coral reef
fish community. ICES Journal of Marine Science 62: 417-423.

Ault, J.S., J.A. Bohnsack, S.G. Smith, and J. Luo. 2005. Towards
sustainable multispecies fisheries in the Florida USA coral reef
ecosystem. Bulletin of Marine Science 76(2): 595-622.

Bartholomew, A., J.A. Bohnsack, S.G. Smith, J.S. Ault, D.E. Harper, and
D.B. McClellan. 2008. Influence of marine reserve size and boundary length
on the initial response of exploited reef fishes in the Florida Keys
National Marine Sanctuary, USA. Landscape Ecology 23(Suppl. 1): 55-65.

Ault, J.S., S.G. Smith and J.T. Tilmant. 2009. Are the coral reef finfish
fisheries of south Florida sustainable? Proceedings International Coral
Reef Symposium 11: 989-993.

Ault, J.S., S.G. Smith, J. Luo, M.E. Monaco and R.S. Appeldoorn. 2008.
Length-based assessment of sustainability benchmarks for coral reef fishes
in Puerto Rico. Environmental Conservation 35(3): 221-231.

Smith, S.G., Swanson, D.W., Chiappone, M., Miller, S.L., & Ault, J.S.
2011. Probability sampling of stony coral populations in the Florida Keys.
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 183(1-4): 121-138.

Farmer, N.A., and J.S. Ault. 2011. Grouper and snapper movements and
habitat use in Dry Tortugas, Florida. Marine Ecology Progress Series 433:

Smith, S.G., J.S. Ault, J.A. Bohnsack, D.E. Harper, J. Luo, and D.B.
McClellan. 2011. Multispecies survey design for assessing reef-fish
stocks, spatially-explicit management performance, and ecosystem
condition. Fisheries Research 109(1): 25-41.

> Folks - but a little more realistic, and specific to the Florida Keys, how
> about reef research that relates to:
> ScienceDaily (Oct. 21, 2011) via the Florida Keys National Marine
> Sanctuary
> - "NOAA scientists have found that pressure from increasing coastal
> populations, ship and boat groundings, marine debris, poaching, and
> climate
> change are critically threatening the health of the Florida Keys
> ecosystem."
> We seem to routinely identify and popularize threats but then fund
> universities and others to carry out expensive research unrelated to the
> problems we identify.
> Curtis Kruer
> -----Original Message-----
> From: coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
> [mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Eugene Shinn
> Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 1:00 PM
> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
> Subject: [Coral-List] Reef Research Needs
> Its all very simple for those who think human behavior is the cause.
> Stop the mosquito spraying and half of the human population in the
> Florida Keys will clear out in a year or two. Most of the other
> recommendations only pick around the edges. Gene
> No Rocks, No Water, No Ecosystem (EAS)
> ------------------------------------ -----------------------------------
> E. A. Shinn, Courtesy Professor
> University of South Florida
> College of Marine Science Room 221A
> 140 Seventh Avenue South
> St. Petersburg, FL 33701
> <eshinn at marine.usf.edu>
> Tel 727 553-1158----------------------------------

Jerald S. Ault, Ph.D.
Professor of Marine Biology and Fisheries
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science
University of Miami,  4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149        jault at rsmas.miami.edu
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