NOAA coral reef monitoring fish data from sites across Micronesia from 2009-09-29 to 2015-09-25

Sampling event
Latest version published by United States Geological Survey on Jun 1, 2020 United States Geological Survey

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Fish census data were collected from sites around Micronesia as part of the ongoing Micronesia Challenge. Information on the program can be found at ( Survey sites were selected around each island to be representative of natural environmental gradients, management, and major reef types. Thus, full site designs can be used to evaluate both island trends and site-specific trends. The size and abundance of fishes, which are generally consumed by people (hereinafter food-fish), were collected by four calibrated observers, with individual observers being consistent across jurisdictions. Fish assemblages were estimated from 12 stationary-point counts (SPCs) conducted at equal intervals along the transect lines. At each SPC, the observer recorded the species name and the size of all food-fish within a 5 m circular radius for a period of 3 minutes. Food-fish were defined as acanthurids, scarids, serranids, carangids, labrids, lethrinids, lutjanids, balistids, kyphosids, mullids, holocentrids, and sharks. The data in this submission include fish identification, counts, and sizes obtained during SPC surveys.

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 1,670 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.

Event (core)

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Houk P (2020). NOAA coral reef monitoring fish data from sites across Micronesia from 2009-09-29 to 2015-09-25. Version 1.2. United States Geological Survey. Sampling event dataset


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 2f9c368b-9011-4c6c-bcb2-c34e05637f1c.  United States Geological Survey publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.




Peter Houk
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
University of Guam
Abby Benson
  • Publisher
U.S. Geological Survey
Sarah Bingo
  • Processor
Data Manager
Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System

Geographic Coverage

North Pacific Ocean, Philippine Sea

Bounding Coordinates South West [5, 134.383], North East [11.355, 171.387]

Additional Metadata

marine, harvest by OBIS

Alternative Identifiers 2f9c368b-9011-4c6c-bcb2-c34e05637f1c