Florida Keys Reef Visual Census 2004

Sampling event
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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.

Data Records

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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.

Event (core)

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

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


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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

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: c67df85a-9a3d-4b93-9625-d1f4b1e2d6f2.  United States Geological Survey publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF-US.


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
  • User
  • 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 [24.445, -81.928], North East [25.705, -80.087]

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

Alternative Identifiers c67df85a-9a3d-4b93-9625-d1f4b1e2d6f2