Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program: Stratified random surveys (StRS) of reef fish at coral reef sites across the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands from 2007-09-21 to 2012-08-19, including benthic estimate data from 2011 to 2012. (NCEI Accession 0178974)

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Reef fish data provided in this data set were collected during stationary point count (SPC) surveys as part of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument funded research cruises to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2012. Benthic estimate data were collected at the end of the reef fish surveys starting in 2011.

The SPC method was used to conduct reef fish surveys in the Hawaiian and Mariana Archipelagos, American Samoa, and the Pacific Remote Island Areas as part of NOAA's Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (Pacific RAMP) from 2008 to 2012. The data described herein collected by the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument are complementary to the Pacific RAMP data collected by PIFSC Ecosystem Sciences Division (formerly the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division).

Stationary point count is a non-invasive underwater survey method that catalogs the diversity (species richness), abundance (numeric density), and biomass (fish mass per unit area) of diurnally active reef fish assemblages in shallow-water (less than 30 m) hard-bottom habitats. At each REA survey site, 1 or 2 SPC fish surveys were conducted, with each survey being carried out by a pair of divers each recording the number, size and species of all fishes within adjacent 15-m diameter cylinders. Visual estimates of benthic cover and topographic structural complexity were also recorded at the end of the fish surveys, with benthic organisms grouped into broad functional categories (e.g., 'Hard Coral', 'Macroalgae').

In the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, a stratified random sampling (StRS) design was employed to survey the coral reef ecosystems. The survey domain encompassed the majority of the mapped area of reef and hard bottom habitats and the stratification included island, reef zone, and depth. Sampling effort was allocated based on strata area and variability.
  • Cite as: Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument; Ecosystem Sciences Division, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (2018). Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program: Stratified random surveys (StRS) of reef fish at coral reef sites across the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands from 2007-09-21 to 2012-08-19, including benthic estimate data from 2011 to 2012. (NCEI Accession 0178974). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0178974. Accessed [date].
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Time Period 2007-09-21 to 2012-08-19
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 28.4571
S: 23.0533
E: -161.914
W: -178.382
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Publication Dates
  • publication: 2018-12-19
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Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
Submission Package ID: CJ5PW1
Purpose The Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (Pacific RAMP), established by the PIFSC Ecosystem Sciences Division (formerly the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division) and supported by NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), was tasked with documenting and understanding the status and trends of coral reef ecosystems in the U.S. Pacific. Pacific RAMP involved interdisciplinary monitoring of oceanographic conditions and biological surveys of organisms associated with hard-bottomed habitats in the 0-30 m depth range. Regions were surveyed on a biennial cycle and aimed to support integrated, consistent and comparable monitoring of coral reefs across all U.S.-affiliated regions. The data described here was collected to complement the Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (RAMP), which pre-dates the establishment of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) in 2013, which 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 CRCP and supported by NOAA Fisheries, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), and many other partners. The PIFSC Ecosystem Sciences Division at NOAA Fisheries is leading ocean and climate change monitoring in the U.S. Pacific Islands Region.
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Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument; Ecosystem Sciences Division, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (2018). Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program: Stratified random surveys (StRS) of reef fish at coral reef sites across the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands from 2007-09-21 to 2012-08-19, including benthic estimate data from 2011 to 2012. (NCEI Accession 0178974). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0178974. Accessed [date].
  • Please cite PIFSC Ecosystem Sciences Division when using the data. Example: Ecosystem Sciences Division; Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (2018). Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program: Stratified Random Surveys (StRS) of Reef Fish, including Benthic Estimate Data at Coral Reef Sites across the Pacific Ocean from 2007 to 2012. NOAA's National Center for Environmental Information, https://inport.nmfs.noaa.gov/inport/item/34515.
Cited Authors
  • Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
  • Ecosystem Sciences Division, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
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  • Related Funding Agency: Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
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 > Aquatic Habitat > Reef Habitat
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Ecological Dynamics > Species Richness
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Rapid Assessment Studies
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Reef Fish Census
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Reef Fish Census > Stationary
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral Reef Ecology
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral Reef Ecology > Coral Cover
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral Reef Ecology > Rugosity
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Fish
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Fish > Fish Assemblages
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Macroinvertebrates
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Marine Invertebrates
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Marine Invertebrates > Macroinvertebrates
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > FISH
Provider Keywords
  • RAMP
  • REA
  • Rapid Ecological Assessment
  • Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program
  • Reef Fish
  • SPC
  • Stationary Point Count
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/NMFS/PIFSC/ESD > Ecosystem Sciences Division, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS Contributing Data Centers
  • CRED
  • CREP
  • Coral Reef Ecosystem Division
  • Coral Reef Ecosystem Program
  • ESD
  • Ecosystem Sciences Division
  • PIFSC
  • Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
Platform keywords NODC PLATFORM NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • SHIPS
SeaDataNet Ship and Platform Codes
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 > Honolulu > French Frigate Shoals (24N166W0001)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Honolulu > Kure Atoll (28N178W0001)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Honolulu > Laysan Island (25N171W0001)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Honolulu > Lisianski Island (25N173W0001)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Honolulu > Maro Reef (25N170W0001)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Honolulu > Midway Atoll (28N177W0001)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Honolulu > Pearl and Hermes Reef (27N176W0001)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Northwestern Hawaiian Islands > French Frigate Shoals (24N166W0001)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Northwestern Hawaiian Islands > Kure Atoll (28N178W0001)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Northwestern Hawaiian Islands > Laysan Island (25N171W0001)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Northwestern Hawaiian Islands > Lisianski Island (25N173W0001)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Northwestern Hawaiian Islands > Maro Reef (25N170W0001)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Northwestern Hawaiian Islands > Midway Atoll (28N177W0001)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Northwestern Hawaiian Islands > Pearl and Hermes Reef (27N176W0001)
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > CENTRAL PACIFIC OCEAN > HAWAIIAN ISLANDS
  • OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN
Provider Place Names
  • NWHI
  • Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Project keywords NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS CRCP Project
  • 1221
  • 587
  • C204 Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (Pacific RAMP): Biennial monitoring for the US Pacific Islands and Atolls
  • Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program: Monitoring coral reef ecosystems of the US Pacific Islands and Atolls
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument; Ecosystem Sciences Division, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (2018). Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program: Stratified random surveys (StRS) of reef fish at coral reef sites across the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands from 2007-09-21 to 2012-08-19, including benthic estimate data from 2011 to 2012. (NCEI Accession 0178974). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0178974. Accessed [date].
  • Please cite PIFSC Ecosystem Sciences Division when using the data. Example: Ecosystem Sciences Division; Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (2018). Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program: Stratified Random Surveys (StRS) of Reef Fish, including Benthic Estimate Data at Coral Reef Sites across the Pacific Ocean from 2007 to 2012. NOAA's National Center for Environmental Information, https://inport.nmfs.noaa.gov/inport/item/34515.
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  • 2018-12-19T14:18:16Z - NCEI Accession 0178974 v1.1 was published.
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Processing Steps
  • Parameter or Variable: REEF AND/OR BOTTOM REGIME - PERCENT COVER (measured); Units: percent; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: swimmer/diver; Sampling and Analyzing Method: 2011-2012 only.
  • Parameter or Variable: MACROINVERTEBRATE CENSUS (measured); Units: count; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: swimmer/diver; Sampling and Analyzing Method: 2012 only, urchin and boring urchin categorized as dominant (D), abundant (A), common (C), occasional (O), or rare (R).
  • Parameter or Variable: FISH CENSUS (measured); Units: count; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: swimmer/diver.
  • Parameter or Variable: INDIVIDUAL FISH EXAMINATION - LENGTH (measured); Units: centimeter; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: swimmer/diver.
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • swimmer/diver
  • visual observation
Platform
  • NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai
Last Modified: 2019-09-30T16:28:05Z
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