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dc.contributor.advisorSedberry, George
dc.creatorLesher, Ammon T.
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-18T16:13:07Z
dc.date.available2016-10-18T16:13:07Z
dc.date.issued2014-08-20
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2999
dc.description.abstractStudies that track the dispersal of eggs and larvae from a point source are an important component in the study of recruitment variability, larval dispersal, and marine protected area (MPA) science. This study evaluated the mechanisms by which planktonic eggs and larvae are transported within the South Atlantic Bight (SAB) through the use of satellitetracked drifters. The study revealed that while the region is dominated by the Gulf Stream Current, there are distinct oceanographic processes that may facilitate the retention of planktonic larvae including inshore countercurrents, gyres, eddy formation, and inshore transport. Dispersal occurs on a broad scale throughout the SAB with the drifter tracks providing evidence of both long-distance transport and local retention. Transport routes from the recently enacted Amendment 14 MPAs were evaluated to determine the potential benefits of larval dispersal from a protected area. Evidence that the region appears to be, at least in part, self-recruiting should facilitate the protection of habitats where spawning fish are prevalent to ensure a stable source of larvae within the region thereby mitigating the long-term effects of overfishing on the overall health of commercially exploited fish populations.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipCollege of Charleston. Graduate School; College of Charleston. Department of Biology.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectBiological oceanography; South Atlantic Bighten_US
dc.titleAnalysis of Larval Dispersal and Retention Within the South Atlantic Bight Using Satellite-Tracked Drifters Released on Reef Fish Spawning Groundsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberJones, Martin
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLoefer, Josh
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSancho, Gorka


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