Florida Keys Reef Visual Census 1995

Sampling event
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These data are reef fish observations from surveys conducted in the Florida Keys in 1995. 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

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South Florida Reef Visual Census; https://grunt.sefsc.noaa.gov/rvc_analysis20/samples/index


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CORAL REEF; FISH; FLORIDA KEYS; IOOS; National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration; Occurrence; Observation; Samplingevent


Jerald Ault
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Project Lead
University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science
Jim Bohnsack
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Project Lead
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Abigail Benson
  • Metadata Provider
  • Processor
U.S. Geological Survey
Stephen Formel
  • Metadata Provider
U.S. Geological Survey
  • Point Of Contact
Data manager
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System
Mathew Biddle
  • Distributor
Physical Scientist
United States Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (US MBON)
1315 East-West Highway
20910 Silver Spring

Geographic Coverage

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Florida

Bounding Coordinates South West [24.443, -81.977], North East [25.693, -80.089]

Taxonomic Coverage

Reef fish, i.e. limbless cold-blooded vertebrate animal with gills and fins and living wholly in water and near coral reefs.

Class Teleostei (Teleosts)
Subclass Elasmobranchii (Elasmobranchs)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1994-04-18 / 1994-10-21

Project Data

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:

Jeremiah Blondeau
  • Originator

Bibliographic Citations

  1. 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
  2. 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/

Additional Metadata

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.
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