French Reef, Key Largo
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Biological Monitoring Stations

Biological monitoring stations are areas on the shipwreck or artificial reef which have been designated as points of reference for data collection of biological growth at the site. Of particular importance are hermatypic, or reef-building, corals. Typically, however, Indiana University has noted that soft corals and sponges comprise a large proportion of the marine life on the ships being considered for the Shipwreck Trail.

Different criteria are used to choose a particular station, including species diversity, and archaeological significance of the feature.

Marine Biology- Corals, fishes and underwater life associated with the Benwood

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Last updated: 22 October 2001
Comments: Underwater Science Program
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