2014 Long-Term Monitoring Report
This report summarizes fish and benthic community observations from East and West Flower Garden Banks in 2014, as part of the annual long-term monitoring program jointly funded by FGBNMS and BOEM.
In more than 26 years of continuous monitoring, the coral reefs of the Flower Garden Banks have averaged high levels of coral cover, suffered minimally from hurricanes, coral bleaching, and disease outbreaks, and supported relatively diverse and abundant fish populations, as well as other vertebrate and invertebrate species.
Based on 2014 data, the average coral cover at the Flower Garden Banks was 60%. However, despite continued stability in the amount of coral cover, macroalgae cover has been increasing since 1999.
2014 LTM Annual Report (4MB pdf)
2014 LTM Summary (274kb pdf)
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