This dataset includes observations of reef fish near the Florida Keys in 2016. 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. The stationary point count method (7.5m radius cylinder) is used to conduct fish surveys in Florida as part of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP). This method collects and reports information on species composition, density, size structure, abundance and derived metrics (e.g., species richness, diversity). Data provided in this data set are from the Florida Keys. Data are collected using a 2-stage, stratified random survey design. Lead agencies involved include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Southeast Fisheries Science Center (NOAA Fisheries) and National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS).
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 2,042 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.
This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:
NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC), University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (UM-RSMAS), Nova Southeastern University (NSU), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), National Park Service (NPS), Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS), Broward and Miami-Dade counties, Blondeau J, US DOC; NOAA; NMFS; Southeast Fisheries Science Center (NMFS/SEFSC) (2023). National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Assessment of fish communities in the Florida Keys during 2016. Version 1.4. United States Geological Survey. Samplingevent dataset. https://ipt-obis.gbif.us/resource?r=floridakeysreefvisualcensus2016&v=1.4
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Samplingevent; Samplingevent; biological data; FISH - CORAL REEF; FISH CENSUS; FISH SPECIES; HABITAT - BENTHIC; SPECIES IDENTIFICATION; SPECIES IDENTIFICATION - COUNT; SPECIES IDENTIFICATION - ORGANISM LENGTH; swimmer/diver; visual observation; biological; in situ; survey; survey - biological; survey - swimmer/diver; visual estimate; visual observation; US DOC; NOAA; NMFS; Southeast Fisheries Science Center; US DOC; NOAA; NOS; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science; 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/NCCOS > National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Ocean Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce; 743; National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP); Numeric Data Sets > Fish Census; EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Reef Fish Census > Stationary; EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Fish; 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; VISUAL OBSERVATIONS > VISUAL OBSERVATIONS; COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Florida > Florida Reef Tract (26N080W0007); OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Florida Reef Tract (26N080W0007); OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN; OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > GULF OF MEXICO; Biennial
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/0169400 Unknown CSV|
|SEFSC South Florida National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Data Portal||https://grunt.sefsc.noaa.gov/rvc_analysis20/?acton=index Unknown CSV|
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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [24.436, -82.011], North East [25.741, -80.088]|
|Start Date / End Date||2016-06-16 / 2016-12-02|
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|
|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:
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:
- 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
- InPort Metadata Record https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/50830
- 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
- Towle, Erica K., et al. 'National coral reef monitoring plan.' (2021). https://doi.org/10.25923/fqkq-w497
- 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
marine, harvest by iOBIS Documentation of codes and controlled vocabularies is included in the NCEI archive: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/169400
|Purpose||The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) details a long-term approach to provide an ecosystem perspective via monitoring climate, fish, benthic, and socioeconomic variables in a consistent and integrated manner. The NCRMP is intended to coordinate various Coral Reef Conservation Coral Reef Program (CRCP) biological, physical, and human dimensions activities into a cohesive NOAA-wide effort. Through the implementation of the NCRMP, NOAA will be able to clearly and concisely communicate results of national-scale monitoring to national, state, and territorial policy makers, resource managers, and the public on a periodic basis.|
|Maintenance Description||As needed|