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File Identifier: gov.noaa.nodc:0183544
Metadata Date Stamp: 2019-02
Organization: DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Organization Role: custodian
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Title: National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Stratified random surveys (StRS) of reef fish, including benthic estimate data across the Pacific Remote Island Areas from 2018-06-08 to 2018-08-11 (NCEI Accession 0183544)
Abstract: The stationary point count (SPC) method is used by the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), Ecosystem Sciences Division (ESD, formerly the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division) to conduct reef fish surveys in the Hawaiian and Mariana Archipelagos, American Samoa, and the Pacific Remote Island Areas as part of the NOAA National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP). The reef fish and benthic estimate data provided in this data set were collected during SPC surveys as part of the ESD-led NCRMP mission around the Pacific Remote Island Areas, including Howland, Baker, and Jarvis Islands, Kingman Reef, and Palmyra Atoll, in 2018. Data from the other locations surveyed by NCRMP are archived separately. The SPC method catalogs the diversity (species richness), abundance (numeric density) and biomass (fish mass per unit area) of diurnally active reef fish assemblages in shallow-water (less than 30 m) hard-bottom habitats. Visual estimates of benthic cover and topographic complexity are also recorded, with benthic organisms grouped into broad functional categories (e.g., 'Hard Coral', 'Macroalgae'). A stratified random sampling (StRS) design is employed to survey the coral reef ecosystems throughout the Pacific Remote Island Areas. The survey domain encompasses the majority of the mapped area of reef and hard bottom habitats and the stratification includes island, reef zone, and depth. Sampling effort is allocated based on strata area.
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Theme Topics: Environment and Conservation, Oceans and Estuaries, Biology and Ecology
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West Bounding Longitude: -176.626
South Bounding Latitude: -0.382607
East Bounding Longitude: -159.972
North Bounding Latitude: 6.45146
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Scope (quality information applies to): Dataset
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Contact Position: Information Services
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Country: USA
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