National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of fish communities in the Dry Tortugas during 2014

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Description

This dataset includes observations of reef fish near the Dry Tortugas in 2014. Data were sourced from the SEFSC Data Portal and aligned to Darwin Core. This data is a subset of data from an ongoing project that includes data from other regions and years and is dependent on the sampling design. Data were collected by divers conducting reef visual census (RVC) fish surveys and habitat assessments at 436 sites in the Dry Tortugas. NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) divers collaborated with the University of Miami and the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science (RSMAS), Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS), Florida Fish and Wildlife Department/Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), State of Florida, Nova Southeastern University, and the National Park Service (South Florida and Caribbean Network). Data are used to assess population and habitat trends (e.g., whether species are overfished), ecosystem responses to fisheries management actions, including determining the effectiveness of no-take marine protected areas (MPAs) and benthic community and coral demographics.

Data Records

The data in this sampling event resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 1,849 records.

2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

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1849
ExtendedMeasurementOrFact 
708061
Occurrence 
353106

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, National Park Service, University of Miami, Nova Southeastern University, Blondeau J, US DOC; NOAA; NMFS; Southeast Fisheries Science Center (NMFS/SEFSC) (2023). National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of fish communities in the Dry Tortugas during 2014. Version 1.8. United States Geological Survey. Samplingevent dataset. https://ipt-obis.gbif.us/resource?r=drytortugasreefvisualcensus2014&v=1.8

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is United States Geological Survey. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

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Keywords

Occurrence; Samplingevent; BENTHIC COMMUNITIES; BENTHIC SPECIES; biological data; CORAL; DEPTH - OBSERVATION; Fish; FISH - CORAL REEF; FISH CENSUS; FISH SPECIES; HABITAT; HABITAT - BENTHIC; SPECIES IDENTIFICATION; SPECIES IDENTIFICATION - COUNT; swimmer/diver; benthic; biological; in situ; survey - biological; survey - coral reef; survey - swimmer/diver; Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Fish and Wildlife Research Institute; Florida State Department of Environmental Protection; Nova Southeastern University; Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science; University of Miami; US DOC; NOAA; NMFS; Southeast Fisheries Science Center; US DOC; NOAA; NOS; Coral Reef Conservation Program; US DOC; NOAA; NOS; ONMS; Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; US DOI; National Park Service; US DOC; NOAA; NMFS; Southeast Fisheries Science Center; Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP); CORAL REEF STUDIES; National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP); Coastal Waters of Florida; Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary; Gulf of Mexico; North Atlantic Ocean; oceanography; SEFSC; Southeast Fisheries Science Center; DOC/NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC > Southeast Fisheries Science Center; National Marine Fisheries Service; NOAA; U.S. Department of Commerce; DOC/NOAA/NOS/NMS > National Marine Sanctuaries; National Ocean Service; NOAA; U.S. Department of Commerce; DOI/NPS > National Park Service; U.S. Department of the Interior; U-MIAMI/RSMAS > Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science; University of Miami; Numeric Data Sets > Biology; Numeric Data Sets > Fish Census; EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Reef Fish Census; EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Fish > Fish Census; EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION; EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > FISH; EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE ECOSYSTEMS > BENTHIC; EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > COASTAL LANDFORMS > CORAL REEFS; in situ; Diver Visual Survey; COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Monroe County > Florida Keys (24N081W0007); OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract > Florida Keys (24N081W0007); OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN; OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > GULF OF MEXICO; Florida Keys Reef Tract; Biennial

External data

The resource data is also available in other formats

CRCP Florida Fish Files https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/erddap/tabledap/CRCP_Reef_Fish_Surveys_Florida.html Unknown ERDDAP
NCEI Dataset Landing Page https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/0156445 Unknown CSV
SEFSC South Florida National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Data Portal https://grunt.sefsc.noaa.gov/rvc_analysis20/?acton=index Unknown CSV

Contacts

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
National Park Service
University of Miami
Nova Southeastern University
Jeremiah Blondeau
  • Content Provider
  • Metadata Provider
  • Point Of Contact
US DOC; NOAA; NMFS; Southeast Fisheries Science Center; Miami, FL Laboratory
US DOC; NOAA; NMFS; Southeast Fisheries Science Center (NMFS/SEFSC)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
National Park Service
University of Miami
Nova Southeastern University
Florida State Department of Environmental Protection (FLADEP)
US DOC; NOAA; NOS; ONMS; Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS)
US DOC; NOAA; NMFS; Southeast Fisheries Science Center (NMFS/SEFSC)
US DOI; National Park Service (NPS)
University of Miami (UM)
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)
US DOC; NOAA; NOS; Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP)
Nova Southeastern University (NSU)
Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS)
US DOC; NOAA; NMFS; Southeast Fisheries Science Center (NMFS/SEFSC)
Stephen K. Formel
  • Publisher
  • Processor
Biologist
U.S. Geological Survey
Abby Benson
  • Publisher
  • Processor
Biologist
U.S. Geological Survey
Erica Towle
  • Distributor
  • Point Of Contact
Coordinator
National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP)
Marion Stoessel
  • Processor
Data manager
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System
Mathew Biddle
  • AssociatedParty
Physical Scientist
United States Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (US MBON)

Geographic Coverage

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary | Tortugas Ecological Reserves (TERs) | Dry Tortugas National Park – Research Natural Area (RNA)

Bounding Coordinates South West [24.556, -83.104], North East [24.733, -82.77]

Taxonomic Coverage

Reef fish

Class Teleostei, Elasmobranchii

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2014-06-02 / 2014-07-27

Project Data

Coral reefs are among the most valuable ecosystems on earth, providing people with goods and services that include food, storm protection, and recreational opportunities. Despite their importance, coral reef ecosystems are in decline from a myriad of man-made and natural threats. In response, the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program established an integrated and focused monitoring effort with partners across the U.S.—the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP).This program is a strategic framework for conducting sustained observations of biological, climatic, and socioeconomic indicators in U.S. states and territories. The resulting data provide a robust picture of the condition of U.S. coral reef ecosystems and the communities connected to them.

Title NOAA'S National Coral Reef Monitoring Program
Identifier NCRMP
Funding NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program project #743
Study Area Description The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program surveys shallow water (0-30m) tropical coral reef ecosystems in the many priority geographic areas. See Miller et al. 2011 for more detail.
Design Description For detail, see: Towle, Erica K., et al. 'National coral reef monitoring plan.' (2021) https://doi.org/10.25923/fqkq-w497

The personnel involved in the project:

Sampling Methods

For detailed Standard Operating Procedures, see: Brandt, Marilyn E., et al. 'A cooperative multi-agency reef fish monitoring protocol for the Florida Keys coral reef ecosystem.' (2009) https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/546

Study Extent National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) monitoring of coral reef ecosystems focuses on status and changes in the benthic community, with emphasis on the reef-building corals and on the assemblages of reef fishes that utilize the coral reef environment.
Quality Control All field data undergo extensive QA/QC procedures. For detailed Standard Operating Procedures, see: Brandt, Marilyn E., et al. 'A cooperative multi-agency reef fish monitoring protocol for the Florida Keys coral reef ecosystem.' (2009) https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/546

Method step description:

  1. For detailed Standard Operating Procedures, see: Brandt, Marilyn E., et al. 'A cooperative multi-agency reef fish monitoring protocol for the Florida Keys coral reef ecosystem.' (2009) https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/546

Bibliographic Citations

  1. A Cooperative Multi-agency Reef Fish Monitoring Protocol for the Florida Keys Coral Reef Ecosystem. Brandt, M.E., N. Zurcher, A. Acosta, J.S. Ault, J.A. Bohnsack, M.W. Feeley, D.E. Harper, John Hunt, T. Kellison, D.B. McClellan , M.E. Patterson , S.G. Smith. Natural Resource Report NPS/SFCN/NRR-2009/150. National Park Service, Ft. Collins, CO. 107 pp. https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/546
  2. Multispecies survey design for assessing reef-fish stocks, spatially-explicit management performance, and ecosystem condition. Smith, S.G., J.S. Ault, J.A. Bohnsack, D.E. Harper, J. Luo, and D.B. McClellan. Journal of Fisheries Research 109(1): 25-41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2011.01.012
  3. Miller, J., et al. 'Coral Reef Conservation Program mapping achievements and unmet needs. US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.' Coral Reef Conservation Program (2011). https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/650
  4. Towle, Erica K., et al. 'National coral reef monitoring plan.' (2021). https://doi.org/10.25923/fqkq-w497

Additional Metadata

marine, harvest by iOBIS Documentation of codes and controlled vocabularies is included in the NCEI archive: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/0156445

Purpose To provide continued reef fish and habitat monitoring in Florida’s coral reef tract to assess population and habitat trends, fish-habitat associations, and ecosystem responses to natural events (e.g., hurricanes), management measures and anthropogenic impacts. To examine the effectiveness of marine reserves and other management strategies in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS –Sanctuary Preservation Areas SPAs, Tortugas Ecological Reserves TERs and Dry Tortugas National Park – Research Natural Area RNA).
Maintenance Description As needed
Alternative Identifiers 20e8d7fb-9b3b-43c6-a81d-8ebcd6c0ab11
https://obis.org/dataset/5702d4da-3041-4601-94f7-7a2e3c6e722c
https://ipt-obis.gbif.us/resource?r=drytortugasreefvisualcensus2014