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Newly Named Coral Reef Becomes Official for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary


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In 2001, colleagues at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s St. Petersburg Science Center (CCWS) in St. Petersburg, FL, joined in a petition to NOAA to name a coral reef after the late Captain Roy Gaensslen, in recognition of his scientific contributions to sanctuary knowledge.

In December 2003, Roger L. Payne, Executive Secretary of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, notified Billy Causey, Superintendent of the FKNMS, of the board's approval on October 1 to make the name "Captain Roys Reef" official. The decision was made in agreement with the findings and recommendations of the Monroe County Commissioners and the Florida Board on Geographic Names.

The name has been entered into the Nation's official geographic-names repository and will appear on all future printings of NOAA charts. The formal entry, which includes the location and a description of the reef, is posted under "Captain Roys Reef" at the USGS Geographic Names Information System Web site. (Note: Formal geographic names do not include apostrophes.)

From 1974 until his untimely death in 1997, Captain Roy was charter-vessel captain for the USGS' Fisher Island Field Station in Miami and for those members who were later transferred to the CCWS.

Dedication of the pristine coral reef selected within the sanctuary to honor his memory and placing of a permanent underwater bronze plaque took place on site off north Key Largo in the Florida Keys in July 2001.


Related Sound Waves Stories
USGS/NOAA Underwater Memorial and Tribute to Captain Roy Gaensslen
August 2001

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USGS Geographic Names Information System
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
St. Petersburg Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
NOAA's Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
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Special AGU Sessions on Gas-Hydrate Systems

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