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Conch Reef (Key Largo)

Conch Reef (Key Largo)

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Buoy at Aquarius underwater research laboratory's entry.
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Bubal
Conch Reef (Key Largo)
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Joëlle
Conch Reef (Key Largo)
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Joëlle
Conch Reef has one of the best developed reef wall systems in the
Keys. Conch Reef contains stands of rare pillar coral and provides excellent habitat for conch. The seaward side has one of the best developed reef wall systems in the keys. Octocorals and basket sponges are also present at this site.
The Sanctuary Preservation Area (SPA) is located approximately 5nm (9km) south of Tavernier Key. The Research
Only Area is located approximately 5nm (9km) southeast of Tavernier and is adjacent to the Conch Reef Sanctuary Preservation Area (SPA).

The SPA is rectangular and covers and area of approximately 0.07nm2, or about 23ha. It runs from the landward boundary to an approximate depth of 45 feet, and includes some of the reef wall. Catch and release fishing by trolling will be allowed in this SPA. In the area of marker #12, approximativly, are buoys and the depth range from 17' to 5' shallows.

Conch Reef is easily accessible from Key Largo and is heavily used by divers, with some tropical fish collecting in the rubble zone. There is little user conflict because lobster fishermen operate away from the area of heavy diving activity. Recreational fishermen troll the reef wall in 160 to 180 feet of water.

The SPA is adjacent to a Special-use Area designated as "Research
Only" which will provide an area for the Aquarius underwater laboratory to conduct research. The boundary of the Research Only area approximates the current designated "no anchor" zone for the Aquarius underwater laboratory, entry is restricted.

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Bubal
Bouée à l'entrée de la station d'étude et de recherche sous-marine Aquarius.
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JB
Conch Reef est l'un des systèmes récifaux les plus développés dans les Keys. Conch contient des  piliers de récifs de corail  rares qui fournissent un habitat idéal pour Conch. Le côté vers la mer a l'un des systèmes récifaux les plus développées dans les clés. Octocoralliaires et éponges panier sont présents sur ce site.
Le sanctuaire de préservation Area (SPA) est situé à environ 5 nm (9km) au sud de Key
Tavernier. La zone de recherche est située à environ 5 nm (9km) au sud de Tavernier et est adjacente au Sanctuaire Conch Reef Conservation Area (SPA).
La SPA est rectangulaire et recouvre une superficie d'environ 0.07nm2, soit environ 23ha. Elle s'étend de la limite la plus proche à une profondeur approximative de 13,5 m, et comprend un certain nombre de murs de récifs. La pêche avec remise à la traîne ne sera pas admise dans le CFD.
Dans la zone du marqueur #12, approximativement, se trouvent des bouées. La profondeur va de 5 m à 1,5 m.
Conch Reef est facilement accessible à partir de Key Largo et est largement utilisé par les plongeurs, avec quelques poissons tropicaux dans la zone de collecte des décombres. Il n'y a pas de conflit d'utilisateurs parce que les pêcheurs de homard opèrent loin de la zone d'activité de plongée. Les pêcheurs amateurs occupent le récif de 48 à 54 m d'eau.
La SPA est adjacente à une zone spéciale d'utilisation désignée comme "la recherche seulement qui fournira un espace pour le laboratoire sous-marin Aquarius à la recherche. Les limites de la seule zone de recherche se rapproche de l'actuelle zone désignée" aucune ancre " pour le laboratoire sous-marin
Aquarius, l'entrée est interdite.
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