Fish, invertebrate and benthic surveys along the West coast of Hawaii from 2003-03-01 to 2017-03-01 (NCEI Accession 0164965)

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Fish & Invertebrate surveys:
At each permanent monitoring site (26 at present), fishes and urchins are recorded on 4 fixed 25m transects. Each transect is surveyed by a diver of divers who collectively record fishes within, entering or passing across the belt transect with combined dimensions (both divers) of 25m*4m. On reaching the site, divers first attach lines to pins fixed at the transect start and end points. After all transect lines are attached, divers begin the survey. Fishes are counted by means of two passes – mid-water and roving species are recorded on the outward swim; urchins and all other fish species are recorded in the return swim, during which divers swim more slowly carefully looking for smaller site-attached and semi cryptic organisms that make up the bulk of abundance at most sites. Divers always swim in parallel, only recording fishes and urchins on their side of the transect line. Thus, each diver surveys an area of 25m*2m, and collectively the transect area is 100 m2. Divers take care not to count fishes moving across the transect line from the other divers portion of the transect.

Benthic surveys:
Benthic cover is assessed at all monitoring sites, typically during the spring every three years (or annually following an anticipated substantial change in benthic cover). Benthic images (0.30 m2) are taken at each meter along four 25 m transects at each site. Benthic taxa located below 20 stratified random points in each image are identified to the lowest possible taxonomic level using Coral Point Count with Excel extensions (CPCe) software, version 4.1. Relative change in benthic cover by category is calculated for each transect, then averaged by site.

Coral bleaching/ health surveys:
In response to extensive coral bleaching in West Hawaii during the spring/summer of 2015, coral bleaching/ health surveys were conducted at 8 permanent monitoring sites from 9 October to 13 November 2015 using methods described in Couch et al. 2014. Three 10 m2 belt transects were surveyed per site, and all coral colonies (≥ 5cm diameter) within each belt were scored for bleaching/health condition and severity. During surveys, a progression of algal turf presence on bleached coral colonies was also scored (recorded in this dataset under the heading "TF"). The severity of each condition and algal turf presence was scored based on the percent of the colony affected. Additional coral bleaching/ health surveys will be conducted as needed.
  • Cite as: Walsh, William; Kramer, Katherine; Williams, Ivor (2018). Fish, invertebrate and benthic surveys along the West coast of Hawaii from 2003-03-01 to 2017-03-01 (NCEI Accession 0164965). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
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Time Period 2003-03-01 to 2017-03-01
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 20.16
S: 19.0767
E: -155.849
W: -156.056
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Publication Dates
  • publication: 2018-01-19
Edition 1.1
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
Submission Package ID: J1BB6B
Purpose The Fish and Habitat Monitoring and Assessment project involves monitoring and assessing fish communities, mobile invertebrates (e.g. urchins, COTs), reef benthos (including corals, coral disease, algae and other sessile invertebrates), and water temperature at fixed coral reef monitoring stations along the West Hawaii coast.
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Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Walsh, William; Kramer, Katherine; Williams, Ivor (2018). Fish, invertebrate and benthic surveys along the West coast of Hawaii from 2003-03-01 to 2017-03-01 (NCEI Accession 0164965). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
Cited Authors
  • Walsh, William
  • Kramer, Katherine
  • Williams, Ivor
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  • Related Funding Agency: US DOC; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (US DOC NOAA - NOAA)
Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus
  • Numeric Data Sets > Biology
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biological Classification > Animals/Invertebrates > ECHINODERMS > SEA URCHINS
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Benthic Habitat
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Reef Habitat
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Coral Diseases > Bleaching
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > In Situ Biological
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Reef Fish Census
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Fish
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Marine Invertebrates
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science and Services Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > FISH
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE ECOSYSTEMS > BENTHIC
  • EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > COASTAL PROCESSES > CORAL REEFS > CORAL BLEACHING
  • 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
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 > Hawaii > Hawaii > Hawaii Island (19N155W0003)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Hawaiian Islands > Hawaii Island > Hawaii Island (19N155W0003)
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > CENTRAL PACIFIC OCEAN > HAWAIIAN ISLANDS
  • OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN
Project keywords NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS CRCP Grant
  • NA13NOS4820014
  • NA15NOS4820037
  • NOAA CRCP: State and Territorial Coral Reef Conservation Cooperative Agreement
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
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  • Cite as: Walsh, William; Kramer, Katherine; Williams, Ivor (2018). Fish, invertebrate and benthic surveys along the West coast of Hawaii from 2003-03-01 to 2017-03-01 (NCEI Accession 0164965). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
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  • 2018-01-19T02:42:08 - NCEI Accession 0164965 v1.1 was published.
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  • swimmer/diver
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