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Response of Florida Shelf Ecosystems to Climate Change

Artificial Reefs

Artificial reefs Artificial reefs off the coast of Florida consist of approximately 1.5 million tons of debris in over 2400 distinct named sites. Data were compiled by the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission Division of Marine Fisheries Management and downloaded from the Florida Geographic Data Library. For better performance in Google Earth, the dataset has been split into three distinct KMZ files.

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Material (217 KB) - icons represent the primary material of which each artificial reef is composed

Depth (292 KB) - icons represent the depth beneath sea level of each artificial reef

Decade (211 KB) - icons represent the decade during which each artificial reef was deployed

Usage notes: Clicking on an individual icon in any of the 3 datasets will pop up a window displaying the name of the reef, the associated county, depth, relief, a basic description, an exact date of deployment, tonnage, and more precise coordinates, if those data exist. These popups are identical for all three KMZ files. Clicking on [+] next to each layer will bring up a complete list of reefs in that category.

Disclaimer: Under no circumstances are these data to be used for navigation. The database used to generate these points is inclusive, but not exhaustively so. Importantly, the database accounts only for materials purposefully sunk as artificial reef, and does not include many wrecks and scuttlings. For depth, and relief, the database made no distinction between no data and less than a meter (both were recorded as 0). Similarly, no distinction was made between no data and less than a ton for tonnage.

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