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Biological Characterization at the USS Macon Wreck Site
Burton, E. and L. Lundsten (September 2006)
Two debris fields of the USS Macon wreck are located on the soft-bottom continental slope off Point Sur, situated between two canyons in deep water. In an otherwise soft-bottom habitat, the wreckage provides hard-bottom habitat for sessile invertebrates, mobile invertebrates, and fishes, serving as an artificial reef in the deep sea. At least 90 taxa were observed at the Macon wreck site and surrounding area. This survey characterized species that occur on wreck debris (hard substrates) in deep water and will add to the body of knowledge for management and protection of Sanctuary resources.