U.S. Virgin Islands National Park Coral Transplant Study, St. John, 1999-2009 (NODC Accession 0112724)

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U.S. Virgin Islands National Park Coral Transplant Study, St. John, 1999-2009 (NODC Accession 0112724)
In a pilot project in the Caribbean (Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands), storm-produced fragments of Acropora palmata, Acropora cervicornis, and Porites porites were collected from donor reefs and transplanted to nearby degraded reefs. Sixty coral fragments were attached to dead-coral substrate (usually upright Acropora palmata skeletons), at similar depths from which they had been collected (1 to 3.5 m), using nylon cable ties. Seventy-five intact colonies were designated as reference colonies. Study colonies were assessed at 6-month intervals for 2 years (1999-2001) and annually thereafter (through 2009). The primary research objective was to evaluate the feasibility of using storm-produced coral fragments as the source of coral transplants to enhance degraded reefs.

Original data are in MS-Excel spreadsheet format with a species list in .doc format and Federal Geographic Data Committee format (FGDC) metadata as an .xml file.

See coastal.er.usgs.gov/coral-transplant for information regarding study. Site includes link to publication - Garrison, V., Ward, G. 2008. Storm-generated coral fragments - A viable source of transplants for reef rehabilitation. Biological Conservation 141,3089-3100. Prior to use of these records in any analysis or report, Ginger Garrison,U.S. Geological Survey, 600 Fourth Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, USA Tel: 1-727-803-8747x3061, Fax: 1- 727-803-2032, E-mail - ginger_garrison at usgs.gov, must be notified and if used the provenance of the original data must be acknowledged.

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OBIS-USA Dataset Code and GCMD ID- VINPCoralTransplantStudy Data was published May 18, 2010 on the OBIS-USA web site and is available at www.usgs.gov/obis-usa. OBIS is the Ocean Biogeographic System which brings together marine biological occurrence data - recorded observations of identifiable marine species at a known time and place, collected primarily from U.S. Waters or with U.S. funding. Coordinated by the Core Science, Analytics and Synthesis Program (CSAS) of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), OBIS-USA, strives to meet national needs for access to marine data about the organisms and ecosystems. OBIS-USA is part of an international data sharing network (Ocean Biogeographic Information System, OBIS) coordinated by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange. Federal coordination is done in collaboration with the participants of the ad hoc Biodiversity working group organized under the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Partnerships Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology.

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    US DOI; US Geological Survey (USGS), 20130924, U.S. Virgin Islands National Park Coral Transplant Study, St. John, 1999-2009 (NODC Accession 0112724): US National Oceanographic Data Center, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA.

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    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -64.788836
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -64.727714
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 18.369267
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 18.347164

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    Beginning_Date: 26-May-1999
    Ending_Date: 04-Apr-2009
    Currentness_Reference: ground condition

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Last modified: 19-Oct-2013
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