Acoustic Tracking of Fish Movements in Coral Reef Ecosystems in St John (USVI), 2006-2010

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Title:
Acoustic Tracking of Fish Movements in Coral Reef Ecosystems in St John (USVI), 2006-2010
Abstract:
Acoustic Tracking of Reef Fishes to Elucidate Habitat Utilization Patterns and Residence Times Inside and Outside Marine Protected Areas Around the Island of St. John, USVI NOAA's Biogeography Branch, National Park Service (NPS), US Geological Survey, and the University of Hawaii used acoustic telemetry to quantify spatial patterns and habitat affinities of reef fishes around the island of St. John, US Virgin Islands. The objective of the study was to define the movements of reef fishes among habitats within and between the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument (VICRNM), the Virgin Islands National Park (VIIS), and Territorial waters surrounding St. John. In order to better understand species' habitat utilization patterns among management regimes, we deployed an array of hydroacoustic receivers and acoustically tagged reef fishes. Thirty six receivers were deployed in shallow nearshore bays and across the shelf to depths of approximately 30 m. We tagged 184 individual fishes representing 19 species from 10 different families with VEMCO V9-2L-R64K transmitters.
Supplemental_Information:
We have recently exchanged and integrated into a single database tag detections for conch, teleost and elasmobranch fish from four separately maintained arrays in the U.S. Virgin Islands including the NMFS queen conch array (St. John nearshore), NOAA's Biogeography Branch array (St. John nearshore & midshelf reef); UVI shelf edge arrays (Marine Conservation District, Grammanik & other shelf edge); NOAA NMFS Apex Predator array COASTSPAN (St. John nearshore). The integrated database has over 7.5 million hits. Data is shared only with consent of partners and full acknowledgements are expected. Project Status - Completed and array decommissioned in 2010
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    Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), Biogeography Program, 2011, Acoustic Tracking of Fish Movements in Coral Reef Ecosystems in St John (USVI), 2006-2010: NOAA's Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Silver Spring, MD.

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    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -64.7804
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -64.6912
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 18.3181
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 18.2684

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    Beginning_Date: 2006
    Ending_Date: 2010
    Currentness_Reference: ground condition

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Development of a Microsoft Access database providing time and location of detections for individual fish tagged with acoustic transmitters in the U.S. Caribbean.


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Data is shared only with consent of partners and full acknowledgements are expected. Please contact the NOAA Biogeography Branch for additional information
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Last modified: 31-Dec-2012
Last Reviewed: 05-Dec-2012
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NOAA Biogeography Branch
9th Floor, SSMC-4, 1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-3284
USA

301-713-3028 (voice)

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