National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef fish communities in Puerto Rico from 2016-06-07 to 2017-09-01 (NCEI Accession 0174525)

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Fish data collection for the National Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring Program (NCRMP) uses the stationary point count method (7.5m radius cylinder). This method collects and reports information on species composition, density, size structure, abundance and derived metrics (e.g., species richness, diversity). Data are collected using a 2-stage, stratified random survey design in hardbottom and coral reef habitats less than 30m in depth.

Data provided in this dataset are from around Puerto Rico, including the islands of Vieques, Culebra, Mona and Desecheo. Lead agencies involved include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC), in collaboration with partners HJR Reefscaping, Inc., CSS, the University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, and the University of the Virgin Islands.

Three datasets are provided under the stationary point count fish protocols and are distributed as one compiled package: (1) Analysis Ready dataset, (2) Boatlog/Station dataset, and (3) raw QAQC'd sample data file. The methodology used for this survey can be found in the point count fish protocols.

All three datasets contain data fields on general station information (survey strata, depth, rugosity). Each of these data tables contain additional survey-specific data fields. For complete information and descriptions of attributes and data fields for all data tables, refer to the data dictionaries.
  • Cite as: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (2018). National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef fish communities in Puerto Rico from 2016-06-07 to 2017-09-01 (NCEI Accession 0174525). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0174525. Accessed [date].
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Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
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Time Period 2016-06-07 to 2017-09-01
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 18.519091
S: 17.86206
E: -65.1936
W: -67.949417
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Associated Resources
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2018-07-20
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: RHNBL6
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 provided in this data set were collected around Puerto Rico as part of NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)-led missions in collaboration with partners at HJR Reefscaping, Inc., CSS, the University of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, and the University of the Virgin Islands.
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  • accessLevel: Public
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Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (2018). National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef fish communities in Puerto Rico from 2016-06-07 to 2017-09-01 (NCEI Accession 0174525). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0174525. Accessed [date].
Cited Authors
  • National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
Principal Investigators
Collaborators
  • HJR Reefscaping, Inc.
  • CSS
  • University of Puerto Rico
  • Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources
  • University of the Virgin Islands
Contributors
Resource Providers
Points of Contact
Publishers
Acknowledgments
  • Related Funding Agency: US DOC; NOAA; NOS; Coral Reef Conservation Program
  • Related Funding Agency: US DOC; NOAA; NOS; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
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 > Stationary
  • 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
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE ECOSYSTEMS > BENTHIC
  • EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > COASTAL LANDFORMS > CORAL REEFS
NCCOS Keywords
  • NCCOS Research Data Types > Field Observation
  • NCCOS Research Data Types > Long-term Monitoring
  • NCCOS Research Priorities > Marine Spatial Ecology
  • NCCOS Research Topics > Ecological and Biological Characterization
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/SEFSC > Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 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 > 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 > CARIBBEAN SEA
NCCOS Location Keywords
  • NCCOS Research Locations > Regions > Caribbean Sea
  • NCCOS Research Locations > U.S. States and Territories > Puerto Rico
Provider Place Names
  • Caribbean Sea
  • Puerto Rico
Project keywords NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS CRCP Project
  • 743
  • National Coral Reef Monitoring Program
Provider Project Names
  • NCCOS Project #180 National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Implementation: Biological and Socioeconomic Monitoring
  • SEFSC South Florida National Coral Reef Monitoring Program,
Stratum keywords Provider Stratum Keywords
  • VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA FLOOR
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (2018). National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of coral reef fish communities in Puerto Rico from 2016-06-07 to 2017-09-01 (NCEI Accession 0174525). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0174525. Accessed [date].
Access Constraints
  • Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
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Processing Steps
  • 2018-07-20T20:23:13Z - NCEI Accession 0174525 v1.1 was published.
Output Datasets
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Processing Steps
  • Parameter or Variable: FISH - CORAL REEF (measured); Units: count; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Size and abundance of fish using the Reef Visual Census (RVC) Survey Protocol for the U.S. Caribbean and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (2016); Data Quality Method: 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 observation
Last Modified: 2019-02-28T16:00:27Z
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