These data are reef fish observations from surveys conducted in the Florida Keys in 1994. These surveys were part of the developmental years of what became the Reef Visual Census, described in the project metadata, Bohnsack et al. 1999 and Smith et al. 2011
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 303 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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South Florida Reef Visual Census; https://grunt.sefsc.noaa.gov/rvc_analysis20/samples/index
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Samplingevent; Occurrence; CORAL REEF; FISH; FLORIDA KEYS; IOOS; National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration; Observation
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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Florida
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [24.443, -81.977], North East [25.693, -80.089]|
Reef fish, i.e. limbless cold-blooded vertebrate animal with gills and fins and living wholly in water and near coral reefs.
|Start Date / End Date||1994-04-18 / 1994-10-21|
The Southeast Fisheries Science Center, along with other governmental, academic, and private partners, has been conducting a visual survey of reef fish species in the Florida Keys since 1978. This survey has since been expanded to include the Dry Tortugas and Southeast Florida Region. To learn more about the history, sampling design, and statistical design of the survey, please read Bohnsack et al. 1999 and Smith et al. 2011.
|Title||South Florida National Coral Reef Monitoring Program|
|Funding||National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)|
|Study Area Description||Florida Keys, Dry Tortugas and Southeast Florida|
The personnel involved in the project:
- Smith, S.G., et al. 2011, Multispecies survey design for assessing reef-fish stocks, spatially explicit management performance, and ecosystem condition. Fisheries Research 109(2011)25-41 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2011.01.012
- Brandt, M. E., et. al. 2009, A Cooperative Multi-agency Reef Fish Monitoring Protocol for the Florida Keys Coral Reef Ecosystem. Retrieve from http://www.coris.noaa.gov/activities/fish_monitoring_protocol/
- Bohnsack, J.A., McClellan, D.B., Harper, D.E., Davenport, G.S., Konoval, G.J., Eklund, A.M., Contillo, J.P., Bolden, S.K., Fischel, P.C., Sandorf, G.S., Javech, J.C., White, M.W., Pickett, M.H., Hulsbeck, M.W., Tobias, J.L., Ault, J.S., Meester, G.A., Smith, S.G., Luo., J., 1999. Baseline data for evaluating reef fish populations in the Florida Keys. NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-SEFSC-427. https://repository.library.noaa.gov/view/noaa/30889
marine, harvest by iOBIS
|Purpose||In 1998, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Fisheries Independent Monitoring (FIM) program began a long-term monitoring effort of key reef fish populations in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. This effort was aimed at evaluating the relative abundance, size structure, and habitat utilization of specific reef fish species that are targeted by commercial and recreational fisheries.|