Changes in growth, vitality, and habitat value of Acropora cervicornis in the US Caribbean

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)-Galveston Laboratory; Ronald L. Hill, PhD
Publication_Date: Unpublished material
Title:
Changes in growth, vitality, and habitat value of Acropora cervicornis in the US Caribbean
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Description:
Abstract:
The project was planned to document the habitat value of Acropora cervicornis, staghorn coral, colonies or stands/thickets as they changed in configuration through growth and disturbance. Research addressed environmental condition and productivity of A. cervicornis by investigating variations over time in health, vitality, and growth and use as habitat for reef fishes, including disturbances by human or natural events.
Purpose:
Data are intended to elucidate the relationship between colony configuration and fish assemblages to foster understanding of ecological services provided by the branching coral and guide manager's decisions and restoration activities. Data include 1) reef fish assemblage measures (i.e., abundance, individual sizes, and identification to the lowest taxonomic level possible) and 2) colony measures of size, coverage, growth, mortality, and indications of stress (e.g., presence of disease or predation).
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 2005
Ending_Date: 2010
Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Status:
Progress: In work
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Description_of_Geographic_Extent:
The study sites range from St. John, USVI westward to Mona Island, off the west coast of Puerto Rico
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -67.68
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -64.57
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 18.54
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 17.80
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Theme_Keyword: Acropora cervicornis
Theme_Keyword: staghorn coral
Theme_Keyword: reef fishes
Theme_Keyword: habitat damage
Theme_Keyword: coastal pollution
Theme_Keyword: fishing practices
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: biota
Theme_Keyword: 002
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus
Theme_Keyword: Geographic Information > Biology
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs
Theme_Keyword:
EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral Reef Ecology > Coral Cover
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Coral Diseases
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Hydrosphere > Water Quality
Theme_Keyword:
EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Damage Assessment
Theme_Keyword:
EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Damage Assessment > Natural
Theme_Keyword:
EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Reef Habitat > Description
Theme_Keyword:
EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Benthos Analysis > Transect Monitoring > Linear Transect (point)
Theme_Keyword:
EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Benthos Analysis > Quadrat Monitoring > Photograph Analysis
Theme_Keyword:
EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Reef Fish Census > Belt Transect
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Place_Keyword: Puerto Rico
Place_Keyword: St. John
Place_Keyword: St. Thomas
Place_Keyword: Mona Island
Place_Keyword: USVI
Place_Keyword: La Parguera
Place_Keyword: Thatch Key
Place_Keyword: No Name Bay
Place_Keyword: Lovango Key
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Place Thesaurus
Place_Keyword:
OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Lesser Antilles > U. S. Virgin Islands (17N064W0000)
Place_Keyword:
COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > U. S. Virgin Islands > U. S. Virgin Islands (17N064W0000)
Place_Keyword:
OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
Place_Keyword:
COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
Place_Keyword:
OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Isla de Mona (18N067W0002)
Place_Keyword:
COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Isla de Mona (18N067W0002)
Place_Keyword:
OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Lajas > La Parguera (17N067W0013)
Place_Keyword:
COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Lajas > La Parguera (17N067W0013)
Place_Keyword:
OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Leeward Islands > St. Thomas (18N064W0033)
Place_Keyword:
COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > St. Thomas (18N064W0033)
Place_Keyword:
OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Virgin Islands > St. John (18N064W0011)
Place_Keyword:
COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > St. John > St. John (18N064W0011)
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: CoRIS Region
Place_Keyword: PR
Place_Keyword: USVI
Taxonomy:
Keywords/Taxon:
Taxonomic_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Taxonomic_Keywords: Cnidaria
Taxonomic_Keywords: coral
Taxonomic_Keywords: fish
Taxonomic_Keywords: sponges
General_Taxonomic_Coverage: Identified to species or the lowest practicable taxa.
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Kingdom
Taxon_Rank_Value: Animalia
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Phylum
Taxon_Rank_Value: Cnidaria
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Class
Taxon_Rank_Value: Anthozoa
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Order
Taxon_Rank_Value: Scleractinia
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Family
Taxon_Rank_Value: Acroporidae
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Genus
Taxon_Rank_Value: Acropora
Taxonomic_Classification:
Taxon_Rank_Name: Genus and Species
Taxon_Rank_Value: Acropora cervicornis
Applicable_Common_Name: staghorn coral
Access_Constraints: none
Use_Constraints:
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Galveston Laboratory Fishery Ecology Branch compiled this data set in order to develop a scientific basis for understanding coral reef ecosystem dynamics and for refining essential fish habitat designation for future amendments to fishery management plans. NMFS is not responsible for any uses of these data sets beyond those for which they were intended, and NMFS makes no claims regarding the accuracy of any data provided by agencies or individuals outside NMFS. NMFS does not approve, recommend, or endorse any proprietary product or proprietary material mentioned in these files. Dataset credit requested and NMFS would appreciate recognition as the resource from which these data were obtained in any publications and/or other representations of these data.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Ronald L. Hill, PhD
Contact_Organization:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)-Galveston Laboratory
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: NOAA/NMFS
Address: 4700 Avenue U
City: Galveston
State_or_Province: TX
Postal_Code: 77551
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 409-766-3519
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 409-766-3520
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: ron.hill@noaa.gov
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 3; ESRI ArcCatalog 9.3.0.1770

Data_Quality_Information:
Logical_Consistency_Report: Unknown
Completeness_Report: Unknown
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
We placed permanent transects in sites that seemed to be in different stages of growth or decline to monitor changes in coral growth and vitality and changes in associated fish assemblages. Environmental data, e.g., nutrient loading, water quality, are being collected, both in situ and remotely with NOAA satellite products, to correlate with observed changes in colony growth and vitality.
Process_Date: Not complete
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Ronald L. Hill, PhD
Contact_Organization:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)-Galveston Laboratory
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: NOAA/NMFS
Address: 4700 Avenue U
City: Galveston
State_or_Province: TX
Postal_Code: 77551
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 409-766-3519
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 409-766-3520
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: ron.hill@noaa.gov

Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Geographic:
Latitude_Resolution: 0.000045
Longitude_Resolution: 0.000045
Geographic_Coordinate_Units: Decimal degrees
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: North American Datum of 1983
Ellipsoid_Name: Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Ronald L. Hill, PhD
Contact_Organization:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)-Galveston Laboratory
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: NOAA/NMFS
Address: 4700 Avenue U
City: Galveston
State_or_Province: TX
Postal_Code: 77551
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 409-766-3519
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 409-766-3520
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: ron.hill@noaa.gov
Resource_Description: Offline Data
Distribution_Liability:
While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20131021
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Ronald L. Hill, PhD
Contact_Organization:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)-Galveston Laboratory
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: NOAA/NMFS
Address: 4700 Avenue U
City: Galveston
State_or_Province: TX
Postal_Code: 77551
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 409-766-3519
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 409-766-3520
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: ron.hill@noaa.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name:
FGDC Biological Data Profile of the Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001.1-1999
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
Online_Linkage: <http://www.esri.com/metadata/esriprof80.html>


CoRIS:
CoRIS_ID: 20120329121628
CoRIS_Children: None
CoRIS_Beginning_Date: 20050101
CoRIS_Ending_Date: 20101231
CoRIS_Metadata_Link:
<http://www.coris.noaa.gov/metadata/records/html/acropora_cervicornis_monitoring_metadata_rev20120228.html>
CoRIS_Tracking_ID: 6475

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