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2012 Data Summary for the First Island-wide Fish and Coral Assessment in Shallow (1-100') Hardbottom Habitats of Saint Croix, USVI


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Title:
2012 Data Summary for the First Island-wide Fish and Coral Assessment in Shallow (1-100') Hardbottom Habitats of Saint Croix, USVI
Author(s):
Clark, Randall D
Viehman, T. Shay
Buckel, Christine A.
Bauer, Laurie J.
Siceloff, Laughlin
United States, National Ocean Service
United States, National Marine Fisheries Service
United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
Coral Reef Conservation Program (U.S.)
Corporate Name:
United States, National Ocean Service
United States, National Marine Fisheries Service
United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,
Coral Reef Conservation Program (U.S.)
Dates of Publication:
2012
Abstract:
A collaborative research effort between the NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment’s (CCMA) Biogeography Branch (BB) and the National Park Service South Florida and Caribbean Network (NPS-SFCN) has been inventorying and assessing reef fish populations in reef and reef-associated habitats in the northeast region of St. Croix from 2001-2011. The diver-based fish and benthic community survey methods were developed at the scale of the NPS MPAs (Buck Island in St. Croix and Coral Reef National Monument and National Park in St. John) and adjacent non-protected habitats. The methods were developed with the desire to expand to greater spatial scales, e.g., all of St. Croix or all of St. Thomas and St. John. Region-wide population metric estimates are required to effectively manage reef fisheries but are also imperative for spatial management and understanding ecosystem-level processes, such as measuring MPA efficacy. To date, very little information exists outside the northeast portion of St. Croix and this effort was designed to establish a baseline characterization for the whole island of St. Croix. This effort was also a logistical, as well as statistical primer, for the implementation of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) that will start in 2016. This program will implement standardized fish and benthic community survey across the USVI, Puerto Rico, Florida Keys and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (and a similar structure in the US Pacific) and serve as a broad scale monitoring tool for the foreseeable future.
Keywords:
Buck Island Reef National Monument
Fish populations
Monitoring
Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument.
Place Keywords:
United States Virgin Islands
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (Tex.)
Puerto Rico
Florida Keys (Fla.)
Local Corporate Name:
NOS (National Ocean Service)
NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service)
CoRIS (Coral Reef Information System)
Type of Resource:
Miscellaneous
Note:
A collaborative research effort between the NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment’s (CCMA) Biogeography Branch (BB) and the National Park Service South Florida and Caribbean Network (NPS-SFCN) has been inventorying and assessing reef fish populations in reef and reef-associated habitats in the northeast region of St. Croix from 2001-2011. The diver-based fish and benthic community survey methods were developed at the scale of the NPS MPAs (Buck Island in St. Croix and Coral Reef National Monument and National Park in St. John) and adjacent non-protected habitats. The methods were developed with the desire to expand to greater spatial scales, e.g., all of St. Croix or all of St. Thomas and St. John. Region-wide population metric estimates are required to effectively manage reef fisheries but are also imperative for spatial management and understanding ecosystem-level processes, such as measuring MPA efficacy. To date, very little information exists outside the northeast portion of St. Croix and this effort was designed to establish a baseline characterization for the whole island of St. Croix. This effort was also a logistical, as well as statistical primer, for the implementation of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) that will start in 2016. This program will implement standardized fish and benthic community survey across the USVI, Puerto Rico, Florida Keys and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (and a similar structure in the US Pacific) and serve as a broad scale monitoring tool for the foreseeable future.
2012
NOS (National Ocean Service)
NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service)
CoRIS (Coral Reef Information System)
Submitted
Public Domain
1860
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