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GLIN==> NOAA Releases New Manual On Coastal Habitat Restoration Monitoring



Feb. 26, 2004 - For the first time, NOAA <http://www.noaa.gov> compiled key
restoration monitoring information applicable to coastal habitats
nationwide. "Science-Based Restoration Monitoring of Coastal Habitats,
Volume One: A Framework for Monitoring Plans Under the Estuaries and Clean
Waters Act of 2000 (Public Law 160-457)" offers technical assistance,
outlines steps, and provides useful tools for developing and carrying out
monitoring of coastal restoration efforts.
Prepared by the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
<http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/>, the manual offers coastal resource
managers, practitioners and the public a consolidated set of science-based
tools for planning and conducting monitoring associated with restoration in
habitats throughout U.S. coastal waters habitats. Along with providing a
framework for structuring monitoring efforts, the newly available manual
provides an introduction to restoration monitoring related to specific
coastal habitats: water column, rock bottom, coral reefs, oyster reefs, soft
bottom, kelp and other macroalgae, rocky shoreline, soft shoreline,
submerged aquatic vegetation, marshes, mangrove swamps, deepwater swamps and
riverine forests.

"Given the broad diversity and geographic scope of our nation's coasts,
there clearly is no one-size-fits-all, cookie-cutter approach to
science-based restoration monitoring," said lead author Gordon Thayer, of
the NCCOS/Center for Fisheries and Habitat Research
<http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/about/ccfhr.html>, in Beaufort, N.C.
"Individual coastal managers, working with their public and private-sector
partners, can use this document to determine the individual strategies best
suited to a specific restoration effort or region."

The manual will be useful to scientists, managers and citizens involved in
planning and conducting restoration monitoring efforts, including
individuals in academia, industry, government interests at all levels,
nongovernmental organizations and the media. It also includes consistent
principles and approaches likely to be applicable to a wide range of coastal
restoration efforts, including those undertaken without federal funding

A companion volume, "Science-Based Restoration Monitoring of Coastal
Habitats, Volume Two: Tools for Monitoring Coastal Habitats," is due for
release later this year. This document will delve deeper into monitoring
approaches for the selected coastal habitats, providing techniques for
monitoring them. Additionally, Volume Two provides tools, such as a
searchable database of restoration monitoring programs nationwide, a guide
to selecting reference sites, and a discussion of the monitoring of social
and economic aspects of coastal restoration.

Copies of the manual-Science-Based Restoration Monitoring of Coastal
Habitats, Volume One: A Framework for Monitoring Plans Under the Estuaries
and Clean Waters Act of 2000 (Public Law 160-457)-can be downloaded as a PDF
file by visiting the NOAA Estuaries - Restoration Monitoring Web site

For additional information and printed copies of the manual, contact, Teresa
A. McTigue, Ph.D.; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (N/SCI); 1305
East-West Highway, Room 8128; Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone: (301) 713-3020
ext. 186; fax: (301) 713-4353; or by contacting
restoration.monitoring@noaa.gov <mailto:restoration.monitoring@noaa.gov>.

The NOAA Ocean Service, which includes NCCOS, is dedicated to exploring,
understanding, conserving and restoring the nation's coasts and oceans. The
NOAA Ocean Service balances environmental protection with economic
prosperity in fulfilling its mission of promoting safe navigation,
supporting coastal communities, sustaining coastal habitats and mitigating
coastal hazards.

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through
the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and
providing environmental stewardship of the nation's coastal and marine
resources. NOAA is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce

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