Carolyn Groves

Document Type

Internship Report

Publication Date

Fall 2016


The federal channel at Port of Miami was dredged between 2013 and 2015 to widen and deepen the channel. This construction occurred at the same time as a widespread regional coral bleaching episode, followed by a coral disease outbreak. By analyzing the monitoring data collected before, during, and after the dredging, the impacts of increased sedimentation on coral health, as well as the health of the surrounding habitat, are estimated. While the monitoring study design did affect the significance of the results, it is clear that increased sedimentation from the dredging had an overall negative effect on the health of nearby coral reefs. Better planning and use of adaptive management can help to prevent similar effects from future dredging projects.


Division: MES

MPS Track: MCO

Location: NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center

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