National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef fish communities in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands from 2015-06-08 to 2015-06-19 (NCEI Accession 0151727)

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The Belt Transect method is used to conduct fish surveys in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI) as part of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP). The Belt Transect method collects and reports information on species composition, density, size, abundance and derived metrics (e.g., species richness, diversity). Surveys are concurrent with and along the same transect as the Line Point-Intercept (LPI) benthic survey. Data provided in this data set were collected around the USVI as part of NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)-led missions in collaboration with partners at the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Southeast Fisheries Science Center, the National Park Service, USVI Department of Planning and Natural Resources, University of the Virgin Islands, University of Miami, Nova Southeastern University, The Nature Conservancy, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Cite as: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (2016). National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef fish communities in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands from 2015-06-08 to 2015-06-19 (NCEI Accession 0151727). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0151727. Accessed [date].
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Time Period 2015-06-08 to 2015-06-19
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 17.839002
S: 17.62821
E: -64.424751
W: -64.934376
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Associated Resources
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2016-05-31
  • revision: 2016-08-19
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
Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
Submission Package ID: AA563M
Purpose The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) details a long-term approach to provide an ecosystem perspective via monitoring climate, fish, benthic, and socioeconomic variables in a consistent and integrated manner. The NCRMP is intended to coordinate various Coral Reef Conservation Coral Reef Program (CRCP) biological, physical, and human dimensions activities into a cohesive NOAA-wide effort. Through the implementation of the NCRMP, NOAA will be able to clearly and concisely communicate results of national-scale monitoring to national, state, and territorial policy makers, resource managers, and the public on a periodic basis. 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 collection occurs at stratified random sites where the sampling domain for each region is partitioned by regions specific sampling design protocols. Data provided in this data set were collected around the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) as part of an NOAA-led missions in collaboration with partners at the National Park Service, USVI Department of Planning and Natural Resources, University of the Virgin Islands, University of Miami, Nova Southeastern University, The Nature Conservancy, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (2016). National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef fish communities in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands from 2015-06-08 to 2015-06-19 (NCEI Accession 0151727). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0151727. Accessed [date].
Cited Authors
Principal Investigators
  • Randy Clark
    US DOC; NOAA; NOS; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (NCCOS/CCMA)
Contributors
Resource Providers
Points of Contact
  • Sarah Hile
    US DOC; NOAA; NOS; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (NCCOS/CCMA)
Publishers
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 Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > FISH
NCCOS Keywords
  • Research Data Types > Field Observation
  • Research Priorities > Long-term Monitoring
  • Research Topics > Ecological/Biological Characterization
  • Research Topics > Habitat Mapping
  • Research Topics > Monitoring
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 > National Marine Fisheries Service, 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 > U. S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > St. Croix (17N064W0003)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Virgin Islands > St. Croix (17N064W0003)
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > CARIBBEAN SEA
None
  • USVI
Project keywords NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS CRCP Project
  • 743
  • National Coral Reef Monitoring Plan (NCRMP) Implementation
Stratum keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA FLOOR
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (2016). National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef fish communities in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands from 2015-06-08 to 2015-06-19 (NCEI Accession 0151727). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0151727. Accessed [date].
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Lineage information for: dataset
Processing Steps
  • 2016-05-31T21:39:10Z - NCEI Accession 0151727 v1.1 was published.
  • 2016-08-19T14:01:40Z - NCEI Accession 0151727 was revised and v2.2 was published.
    Rationale: Updates were received for this data set. These updates were copied into the data/0-data/ directory of this accession. These updates may provide additional files or replace obsolete files. This version contains the most complete and up-to-date representation of this archival information package. All of the files received prior to this update are available in the preceding version of this accession.
Output Datasets
Lineage information for: dataset
Processing Steps
  • 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 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 (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; Data Quality Information: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks 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 deploying 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 SPECIES RICHNESS (calculated); Units: species; Observation Type: model output; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Species richness calculated from values recorded deploying 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: 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.
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • swimmer/diver
  • visual analysis
  • visual observation
Last Modified: 2019-01-23T11:44:34Z
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