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A Biogeographic Assessment off North/Central California: In Support of the National Marine Sanctuaries of Cordell Bank, Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay. Phase II - Environmental Setting and Update to Marine Birds and Mammals

Author(s): NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)

NCCOS Center: CCMA (

Center Team: Biogeography

Name of Publisher: NOAA

Place of Publication: Silver Spring, MD

Publication Type: NOAA Technical Memoranda

Date of Publication: 2008

Reference Information: NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 40

Extent of Work: 302 pp.

Keywords: Marine life of califronia

Abstract: ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT This document is Phase II of a biogeographic assessment completed in 2004, described below. In the spring of 2001, NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP) and National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) launched a project to assess biogeographic patterns of selected marine species and habitats found within and adjacent to the boundaries of three west coast National Marine Sanctuaries off north/central California: Monterey Bay, Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank. Sanctuary staff were conducting a joint review to update sanctuary management plans. To support this review, the NCCOS’s Biogeography Branch led a partnership effort to conduct a robust analytical assessment to define important biological areas and time periods within and adjacent to current sanctuary boundaries. The assessment was based on a synthesis of many data sets that were provided by project partners. Phase I assessment products include a CD-ROM and website containing two reports, geographic analyses and related data and results, hundreds of maps, a description of the ecosystem components and their linkages, and future activities to be addressed in Phase II. Phase I products are available at: http:// Phase II was initiated in the autumn of 2004 to complete the analyses of marine mammals and to update the marine bird colony information. In addition to updates to the bird and mammal chapters, an environmental settings chapter was added, containing new data and maps as well as existing maps and information from related NCCOS reports on the region. This report and related products will be available at the following site by December 2007: html Results of these assessments are being used to assist the NMSP and state of California in addressing issues such as: evaluating potential modification of sanctuary and reserve boundaries, and changing management strategies or administration based on the principles of biogeography. For questions or comments, please contact: Dr. Mark E. Monaco Biogeography Branch Chief NOAA/NCCOS/CCMA 1305 East West Highway, N/SCI1 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Phone: 301-713-3 028 x 160 Email: or Tracy A. Gill Phase II Project Manager Biogeography Branch NOAA/NCCOS/CCMA 1305 East West Highway, N/SCI1 Silver Spring, MD 20910 Phone: 301-713-3028 x 150 Email:

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