Navigation Links
NOAA report finds threats to California's Cordell Bank Marine Sanctuary
Date:6/19/2009

A new NOAA report on the health of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary indicates that the overall condition of the sanctuary's marine life and habitats is fair to good, but identifies several emerging threats to sanctuary resources.

"Global issues of concern such as marine debris, ocean acidification and invasive species have the potential to degrade fragile sanctuary resources and habitats," said Dan Howard, sanctuary superintendent. "This report provides a baseline for monitoring changes to sanctuary resources and will help us to better understand and respond to these emerging threats."

Prepared by the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, the peer-reviewed Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Condition Report indicates that water quality in the sanctuary is generally good due to the sanctuary's offshore location and distance from major urban population centers. Seafloor habitat quality was rated lower, primarily due to prior impacts from fishing gear that came into contact with the sanctuary's rocky reef and soft sediment habitats.

The report notes that populations of rockfish, salmon, some seabird species, and leatherback sea turtles that use the sanctuary are depleted, but that fishery closures are helping to rebuild depleted fish stocks.

The report indicates that additional research is needed about contaminants and invasive species. While no maritime archaeological resources have been identified in the sanctuary, only 18 percent of the sanctuary seafloor has been mapped with high resolution tools that could be used to find sunken vessels.

The full sanctuary condition report is now available online: http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/science/condition/cbnms/welcome.html. Similar reports are being developed for the other sites in the National Marine Sanctuary System.

Located 42 miles north of San Francisco, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary is one of 14 marine protected areas managed by NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Designated by Congress in 1989, the sanctuary's productive waters are a destination feeding area for local and migratory marine life. Its unique rocky undersea thrives with invertebrates and fishes and is surrounded by the softer sediments of the continental shelf.


'/>"/>

Contact: David Hall
david.l.hall@noaa.gov
301-713-3066
NOAA Headquarters
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Report: African, Asian, Latin American farm animals face extinction
2. BIO-key Reports Second Quarter 2007 Results
3. Communication Intelligence Corporation Reports Second Quarter 2007 Financial Results
4. Penn Veterinary Medicine report new strategy to create genetically-modified animals
5. New study shows Concord grape juice has a heart-healthy effect not yet reported with red wine
6. NAS report offers new tools to assess health risks from chemicals
7. Emory paleontologist reports discovery of carnivorous dinosaur tracks in Australia
8. Measurement Specialties, Inc. Announces Impact of German Business Tax Reform 2008 Resulting in Lower Combined German Tax Rate - Impacts 2Q08 Reported Financial Results
9. First-ever State of the Carbon Cycle Report finds troubling imbalance
10. BIO-key Reports Third Quarter 2007 Results
11. Great potential to improve collection, recycling of Europes electronic waste, says UN report
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/11/2016)... , Feb. 11, 2016  According to new research ... mainstream. More than 200 fingerprint, iris, and eye-vein ... under 70 brand names. This includes market leaders ... ZTE. Acuity projects that 600 million biometric smartphones ... global installed base. Maxine Most , ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... -- Vigilant Solutions announces today that its license plate recognition (LPR) ... Lee,s Summit Police Department to improve safety ... a homicide suspect. Kansas City , ... miles and is home to roughly 100,000 residents. ... license plate reader system and also leverages Vigilant,s network of ...
(Date:2/10/2016)... 10, 2016 ... 2016 iris recognition market report, combined with ... more widely accepted for border control. Some ... and iris recognition technology in a single ... purchasing two individual biometrics devices. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... Biocom, the association representing the Southern ... San Diego companies to ... Medicine Advocacy Fly-In. Biocom Fly-In participants had the opportunity to ... the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the National ... Representatives Susan Davis and Scott Peters ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, will include 848 exhibitors (count as ... companies will be displaying products and services used by the scientific community in ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , Feb. 12, 2016  BD (Becton, Dickinson and ... technology company, today announced the launch of the BD ... and Technology (AGBT) Meeting. --> ... genomic research by providing cost effective NGS library preparation ... a high-throughput, fully integrated, next generation sequencing (NGS) library ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... PLAINFIELD, N.J. , Feb. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... announced the second annual STRIVE (Strategies to Realize ... Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). STRIVE provides funds to ... programs that will make meaningful contributions to the ... or fostering development of future patient advocates. ...
Breaking Biology Technology: