Special Projects

SECOORA funds special projects that are driven by stakeholder needs. Below are projects SECOORA has supported.

Southeast Ecosystem Advisory Report

The overall goal of the Advisory is to increase stakeholder resiliency by deriving and publishing an innovative quarterly fisheries ecosystem advisory. This will aid the fishing community and the public sector resource management community in evaluating the effects of the changing environment on twelve economically and ecologically important fish species. This swift dissemination of near real-time data will allow the fishers and resource managers evaluate and respond appropriately to the apparent changes in distribution, catchability (availability and vulnerability), and catch of the fish.

Project Lead: Mitchell Roffer, ROFFS™
Status: Completed
Theme: Climate Variability; Ecosystems: Water Quality & Living Marine Resources

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Wave Heights and Currents in the Florida Straits (WHARF)

One of the major consumers of coastal ocean observations is the National Weather Service (NWS). NWS forecasters need real-time coastal and ocean data and information to make accurate marine weather forecasts. Waves and currents are key parameters of these forecasts, but in many areas in the Southeast region there is either none or very limited wave data available to support marine forecasting. To address this issue, SECOORA funded the Wave Heights and Currents in the Florida Straits (WHARF) project. WHARF is intended to provide a quality control index for the extraction of real-time significant wave height using high frequency radars (HF radars). Data is still being analyzed.

Project Lead: Nick Shay, University of Miami RSMAS
Status: On-going
Theme: Marine Operations

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Incorporation of Passive Acoustics and Acoustic Telemetry on an Established Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System

Main objective of the project is to demonstrate that acoustic measurements of fish sounds and behavior (movement) can be can be integrated with other measurements of atmospheric and oceanographic conditions and coupled to a node of an established regional scale ocean observatory. The project is adding a temporary hydrophone for passive acoustic recording of fish sound production and an acoustic receiver for detection of acoustically tagged fishes to the SECOORA Big Carlos Pass’s sensor array in Florida.

Project Lead: James Locascio, Mote Marine Lab
Status: On-going
Theme: Climate Variability; Ecosystems: Water Quality & Living Marine Resources