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Long-term Marine Monitoring Program final report : NA13NOS4820010, award period October 1, 2013- September 30, 2016


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Long-term Marine Monitoring Program final report : NA13NOS4820010, award period October 1, 2013- September 30, 2016
Author(s):
Benavente, David
Comache, Rodney
Iguel, John
Johnston, Lyza
Johnson, Steven
Okano, Ryan
Perez, Denise
Waddell, Jenny
Coral Reef Conservation Program (U.S.)
United States, National Ocean Service,
Corporate Name:
Coral Reef Conservation Program (U.S.)
United States, National Ocean Service,
Dates of Publication:
2017
Abstract:
Despite multiple transfers of personnel within the monitoring program throughout this award period, the marine monitoring team (MMT) continues to collect ecological data for the CNMI. During this reporting period the MMT managed to conduct 59 biological surveys at 52 long-term monitoring sites across Saipan, Tinian, Aguigan, and Rota (Table1). Standardized surveys collect data on coral, fish, algae, non-coral macroinvertebrate, and seagrass assemblages across the various marine habitats and management areas of the CNMI, including marine protected areas, species reserves, and priority watersheds. In addition to the standard long-term monitoring efforts, the MMT has conducted over 100 additional surveys in support of related projects including a study on coral reef resilience, , and participated in three expeditions to the remote northern islands. Finally, with the increase of development in the CNMI, the data collected by this program is an essential baseline to monitor the effects these activities have on our marine resources. In this report we briefly summarize size-class diversity, abundance and biomass data for coral, algae, benthic and fish measures collected throughout the CNMI. We also present current data at three of the CNMI's priority watersheds; Talakhaya, Laolao, and Garapan. The data collected and analyzed by the MMT provides crucial information on the environmental and anthropogenic causes of reef decline, the factors contributing to reef resilience and vulnerability, and the effectiveness of these management activities. This information then feeds back to support adaptive management strategies, in hopes of improving these watersheds"--Summary.
Keywords:
Coral reef conservation
Coral reef management
Coral reefs and islands
Management
Marine resources
Monitoring
Place Keywords:
Northern Mariana Islands
Local Corporate Name:
CoRIS (Coral Reef Information System)
NOS (National Ocean Service)
Genre:
bibliography
Format:
remote; 1 online resource ([33] pages) : PDF file, color illustrations, color maps
Type of Resource:
Professional Paper
Physical Description:
remote; 1 online resource ([33] pages) : PDF file, color illustrations, color maps
Note:
Despite multiple transfers of personnel within the monitoring program throughout this award period, the marine monitoring team (MMT) continues to collect ecological data for the CNMI. During this reporting period the MMT managed to conduct 59 biological surveys at 52 long-term monitoring sites across Saipan, Tinian, Aguigan, and Rota (Table1). Standardized surveys collect data on coral, fish, algae, non-coral macroinvertebrate, and seagrass assemblages across the various marine habitats and management areas of the CNMI, including marine protected areas, species reserves, and priority watersheds. In addition to the standard long-term monitoring efforts, the MMT has conducted over 100 additional surveys in support of related projects including a study on coral reef resilience, , and participated in three expeditions to the remote northern islands. Finally, with the increase of development in the CNMI, the data collected by this program is an essential baseline to monitor the effects these activities have on our marine resources. In this report we briefly summarize size-class diversity, abundance and biomass data for coral, algae, benthic and fish measures collected throughout the CNMI. We also present current data at three of the CNMI's priority watersheds; Talakhaya, Laolao, and Garapan. The data collected and analyzed by the MMT provides crucial information on the environmental and anthropogenic causes of reef decline, the factors contributing to reef resilience and vulnerability, and the effectiveness of these management activities. This information then feeds back to support adaptive management strategies, in hopes of improving these watersheds"--Summary.
2017
Funding: NOAA National Ocean Service, Coral Reef Conservation Program,; grant number: NA13NOS4820010,; project number: 198;
CoRIS (Coral Reef Information System)
NOS (National Ocean Service)
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