National Coral Reef Monitoring Program - Assessment of coral reef fish communities in Puerto Rico from 2014-05-19 to 2014-12-03 (NCEI Accession 0131260)

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The National Coral Reef Monitoring Plan (NCRMP) is a framework for conducting sustained observations of biological, climate, and socioeconomic indicators at 10 priority coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. This integrated approach will consolidate monitoring of coral reefs under a uniform method in the Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico for the first time. NCRMP is funded by the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) and supported by NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and many other partners.

NCCOS is co-leading biological monitoring missions with NOAA’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) to gather data on fish populations and coral reef communities in the U.S. Caribbean, Florida, and the Gulf of Mexico. Each year, our scientists work closely with CRCP and local partners to collect biological data from thousands of strategically selected sites. We then use innovative analysis techniques to develop products that give fellow scientists, managers, decision makers and the public a better understanding of a region’s resources and how they are changing over time.

The biological component of NCRMP provides a biennial ecological characterization at a broad spatial scale of general reef condition for reef fishes, corals and benthic habitat (i.e., fish species composition/density/size, benthic cover, and coral density/size/condition). Data collection occurs at stratified random sites where the sampling domain for each region is partitioned by habitat type and depth, sub-regional location (e.g., along-shelf position) and management zone.

Data provided in this data set were collected around Puerto Rico as part of an NCCOS-led mission in collaboration with partners at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Puerto Rico Department of Marine Sciences, HJR Reefscaping, and University of the Virgin Islands.
  • Cite as: Clark, Randy; Hile, Sarah D.; Viehman, Shay; Buckel, Christine A.; Bauer, Laurie; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (2016). National Coral Reef Monitoring Program - Assessment of coral reef fish communities in Puerto Rico from 2014-05-19 to 2014-12-03 (NCEI Accession 0131260). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
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Time Period 2014-05-19 to 2014-12-03
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 18.519091
S: 17.867048
E: -65.228901
W: -67.949417
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  • National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef fish communities in Puerto Rico
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  • publication: 2016-09-13
Edition 1.1
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Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Data Update Frequency As needed
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Submission Package ID: 8LB0MG
Purpose The NCRMP provides a steady flow of scientific information required to track the health of coral reefs. This monitoring plan consists of a broad, overarching framework within which scientific research is conducted to achieve coral reef conservation. The four primary goals of NCRMP are: (1) monitor the status and trends of coral reef ecosystems (including human communities); (2) monitor and assess climate-related threats to coral reefs; (3) provide a consistent flow of data and information to communities in coral reef jurisdictions; and (4) foster partnerships to expand the scope and scale of coral reef monitoring.
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  • Cite as: Clark, Randy; Hile, Sarah D.; Viehman, Shay; Buckel, Christine A.; Bauer, Laurie; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (2016). National Coral Reef Monitoring Program - Assessment of coral reef fish communities in Puerto Rico from 2014-05-19 to 2014-12-03 (NCEI Accession 0131260). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
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Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus
  • Numeric Data Sets > Fish Census
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Reef Fish Census > Belt Transect
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Fish
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Fish > Fish Census
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science and Services Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > FISH
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE ECOSYSTEMS > BENTHIC
  • EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > COASTAL LANDFORMS > CORAL REEFS
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NODC > National Oceanographic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NOS/NCCOS > National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Ocean Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • VISUAL OBSERVATIONS
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS CoRIS Place Thesaurus
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > CARIBBEAN SEA
Project keywords NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS CRCP Project
  • 743
  • National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP)
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA FLOOR
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  • Cite as: Clark, Randy; Hile, Sarah D.; Viehman, Shay; Buckel, Christine A.; Bauer, Laurie; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (2016). National Coral Reef Monitoring Program - Assessment of coral reef fish communities in Puerto Rico from 2014-05-19 to 2014-12-03 (NCEI Accession 0131260). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
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  • 2016-09-13T21:11:14 - NCEI Accession 0131260 v1.1 was published.
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  • Data Type: FISH - CORAL REEF (measured); Units: count; Observation Type: in situ; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Size and abundance of fish using the Belt Transect Fish Survey Protocol for the U.S. Caribbean and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary; Data Quality Information: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks for using query outputs.
  • Data Type: FISH BIOMASS - CORAL REEF (calculated); Units: gram; Observation Type: other; Sampling Instrument: visual analysis; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Variable calculated from abundance values recorded deploying Belt Transect Fish Survey Protocol for the U.S. Caribbean and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in fish census collection; Data Quality Information: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks using query outputs.
  • Data Type: BENTHIC SPECIES - TAXA COUNTS (measured); Units: count; Observation Type: in situ; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Benthic taxa enumerated using Line Point-Intercept (LPI) Survey Protocol for the U.S. Caribbean and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary; Data Quality Information: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks for using query outputs.
  • Data Type: CORAL (measured); Units: colony; Observation Type: in situ; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Coral colony counts, measurements and condition recorded using Coral Demographics Survey Protocol for the U.S. Caribbean and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary; Data Quality Information: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks using query outputs.
  • Data Type: CORAL - SPECIES IDENTIFICATION (measured); Units: presence; Observation Type: in situ; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Presence/absence of ESA-listed and potential ESA coral species using the Line Point-Intercept (LPI) Survey Protocol for the U.S. Caribbean and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary; Data Quality Information: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks for using query outputs.
  • Data Type: BENTHIC SPECIES (measured); Units: count; Observation Type: in situ; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Abundance of Diadema antillarum, Panulirus argus and Lobatus gigas species using methods detailed in Line Point-Intercept (LPI) Survey Protocol for the U.S. Caribbean and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary; Data Quality Information: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks for using query outputs.
  • Data Type: FISH SPECIES DIVERSITY (calculated); Units: none; Observation Type: model output; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Species diversity calculated from values recorded using methods Belt Transect Fish Survey Protocol for the U.S. Caribbean and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in fish census collection; Data Quality Information: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks for using query outputs.
  • Data Type: FISH SPECIES RICHNESS (calculated); Units: species; Observation Type: model output; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Species richness calculated from values recorded using methods Belt Transect Fish Survey Protocol for the U.S. Caribbean and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in fish census collection; Data Quality Information: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks for using query outputs.
  • Data Type: REEF AND/OR BOTTOM REGIME - RUGOSITY (calculated); Units: N/A; Observation Type: other; Sampling Instrument: ruler; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Rugosity and topographic complexity variable was recorded using Topographic Complexity Protocol for the U.S. Caribbean and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in fish census collection; Data Quality Information: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks for using query outputs.
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  • swimmer/diver
  • visual analysis
  • visual observation
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