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NCCOS Assessment: Biogeographic Surveys of Benthic and Fish Communities in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico from 2001-01-09 to 2012-11-02 (NCEI Accession 0206670)

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This data compilation includes benthic and fish survey data collected in St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI); La Parguera, Guanica, Jobos Bay, and Vieques, Puerto Rico; and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) in the Gulf of Mexico. Data were collected on a biennial basis from 2001 through 2012 and in a consistent manner with established protocols by NOAA's NCCOS Biogeography Branch. In 2013, these long-term Caribbean and FGBNMS monitoring efforts merged with other monitoring programs funded by Coral Reef Conservation Program to form the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP), an ongoing program designed to monitor and assess changes in the composition of coral and reef fish communities.
  • Cite as: Jeffrey, Chris; Hile, Sarah; Christensen, John; Monaco, Mark; Caldow, Chris; Roberson, Kimberly; Clark, Randy; Bauer, Laurie; Pittman, Simon; Kendall, Matt; Friedlander, Alan; Morgan, Jessica (2019). NCCOS Assessment: Biogeographic Surveys of Benthic and Fish Communities in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico from 2001-01-09 to 2012-11-02 (NCEI Accession 0206670). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.25921/rt0s-ty25. Accessed [date].
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Time Period 2001-01-09 to 2012-11-02
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
West: -93.82449
East: -64.0324
South: 17.63764
North: 27.9265
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Publication Dates
  • publication: 2019-11-22
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Historical archive - data has been stored in an offline storage facility
Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
Submission Package ID: XCJLWR
Purpose In the Caribbean, the target objectives were primarily to: 1) spatially characterize and monitor the distribution, abundance, and size of both reef fishes and macro-invertebrates (conch, lobster, Diadema); 2) relate this information to in-situ data collected on associated benthic composition parameters; and 3) use this information to establish the knowledge base necessary for enacting management decisions in a spatial setting. For the Gulf of Mexico, the target objectives were to: 1) design a sampling strategy that will quantify in a spatially robust manner the status of the benthic fish community; 2) carry out the initial implementation of this sampling strategy; 3) relate the data collected describing the fish communities to data concurrently collected on associated benthic composition; and 4) analyze the information gathered to help guide sanctuary resource management decisions. The projects represented in this data compilation were conducted by NOAA NCCOS Biogeography Branch in collaboration with various partners, including NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), the National Park Service, USVI Department of Natural Resources, NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R), Puerto Rico's Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, University of Puerto Rico, Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and US Department of Agriculture, Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research, NOAA’s Center for Coastal Environment and Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR), and NOAA's Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology (CIORET).
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  • Cite as: Jeffrey, Chris; Hile, Sarah; Christensen, John; Monaco, Mark; Caldow, Chris; Roberson, Kimberly; Clark, Randy; Bauer, Laurie; Pittman, Simon; Kendall, Matt; Friedlander, Alan; Morgan, Jessica (2019). NCCOS Assessment: Biogeographic Surveys of Benthic and Fish Communities in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico from 2001-01-09 to 2012-11-02 (NCEI Accession 0206670). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.25921/rt0s-ty25. Accessed [date].
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  • Related Funding Agency: NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
  • Related Funding Agency: NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
  • Related Funding Agency: US DOI; National Park Service
Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus
  • Numeric Data Sets > Benthic
  • Numeric Data Sets > Fish Census
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Vegetation > Algae > Algal Cover
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > ESA Listed Species
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Damage Assessment
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Reef Fish Census
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring and Assessment > Reef Fish Census > Belt Transect
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Fish > Fish Census
  • Earth Science > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Reef Habitat > Description
  • Earth Science > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring And Assessment
  • Earth Science > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring And Assessment > Baseline Studies
  • Earth Science > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef Monitoring And Assessment > Benthos Analysis > Quadrat Monitoring > In Situ
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Marine Protected Areas
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Marine Biology > Fish
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Marine Biology > Marine Invertebrates > Macroinvertebrates
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Marine Biology > Marine Plants > Seagrass
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords NCCOS Research Keywords
  • NCCOS Research Data Type > Field Observation
  • NCCOS Research Data Type > Long-term Monitoring
  • NCCOS Research Priority > Marine Spatial Ecology
  • NCCOS Research Topic > Ecological and Biogeographic Assessments
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Platform keywords NODC PLATFORM NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords ICES/SeaDataNet Ship Codes
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS CoRIS Place Thesaurus
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Jobos Bay ( Bahia de Jobos ) (17N066W0001)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > La Parguera > La Parguera (17N067W0002)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Vieques > Vieques Island (18N065W0002)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > St. Croix > St. Croix (17N064W0003)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > St. John > St. John (18N064W0011)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > St. Thomas (18N064W0033)
  • Country/Territory > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Guanica (17N066W0005)
  • Country/Territory > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
  • Country/Territory > United States of America > Texas > East Flower Garden Banks (27N093W0001)
  • Country/Territory > United States of America > Texas > West Flower Garden Banks (27N093W0002)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Jobos Bay ( Bahia de Jobos ) (17N066W0001)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > La Parguera > La Parguera (17N067W0002)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Vieques Island > Vieques Island (18N065W0002)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Leeward Islands > St. Thomas (18N064W0033)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Virgin Islands > St. Croix (17N064W0003)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Virgin Islands > St. John (18N064W0011)
  • Ocean Basin > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Guanica (17N066W0005)
  • Ocean Basin > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
  • Ocean Basin > Atlantic Ocean > Gulf of Mexico > Flower Garden Banks > East Flower Garden Banks (27N093W0001)
  • Ocean Basin > Atlantic Ocean > Gulf of Mexico > Flower Garden Banks > West Flower Garden Banks (27N093W0002)
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords NCCOS Research Location
  • NCCOS Research Location > Caribbean Sea
  • NCCOS Research Location > Gulf of Mexico
  • NCCOS Research Location > Puerto Rico
  • NCCOS Research Location > U.S. Virgin Islands
Provider Place Names
  • Buck Island Reef National Monument (BIRNM)
  • Caribbean Sea
  • Coastal Ocean
  • Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS)
  • Gulf of Mexico
  • Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (JBNERR)
  • St. Croix East End Marine Park (EEMP)
  • St. Thomas East End Reserve (STEER)
  • Virgin Islands National Coral Reef Monument (VICR)
  • Virgin Islands National Park (VIIS)
Project keywords NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS CRCP Project
  • 1085
  • 1417
  • 180
  • 20464
  • 20641
  • 2067
  • 20704
  • 20734
  • 437
  • 526
  • 534
  • 586
  • 691
  • Baseline assessment of fish and benthic communities of the Flower Garden Banks
  • Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring
  • Characterization of Land-Based Sources of Pollution and Effects in the St. Thomas East End Reserve (STEER): Year 2
  • Contaminants in Marine Resources of Vieques
  • F057 Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring
  • F058 Baseline assessment of fish and benthic communities of the Flower Garden Banks
  • L051 Baseline Assessment of Guanica Bay, Puerto Rico in Support of Watershed Restoration
  • Land-sea characterization of East End Marine Park to evaluate zones and support management plan review - Year 2
  • USVI 246 Land-sea characterization of East End Marine Park to evaluate zones and support management plan review
  • USVI 252 Characterization of Land-Based Sources of Pollution and Effects in the St. Thomas East End Reserve (STEER)
NCCOS Project Keywords
  • NCCOS Project #164 - Land and Sea Characterization of St. Croix East End Marine Park
  • NCCOS Project #18 - Characterization of Land-Based Sources of Pollution and Effects in the St. Thomas East End Reserves (STEER)
  • NCCOS Project #180 - National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Implementation: Biological and Socioeconomic Monitoring
  • NCCOS Project #206 - Characterizing Fish and Invertebrates of the Shallow Coral Reefs of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary,
  • NCCOS Project #246 - Contaminants in Marine Resources of Vieques
  • NCCOS Project #34 - Baseline Assessment of Guanica Bay, Puerto Rico in Support of Watershed Restoration
  • NCCOS Project #44 - Research to Support Management of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
  • NCCOS Project #57 - Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring Project
  • NCCOS Project #74 - Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies: Integrating Science and Management in the Caribbean
  • NCCOS Project #99 - Baseline Assessment of Contaminants and Ecological Resources in Jobos Bay, Puerto Rico
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  • Cite as: Jeffrey, Chris; Hile, Sarah; Christensen, John; Monaco, Mark; Caldow, Chris; Roberson, Kimberly; Clark, Randy; Bauer, Laurie; Pittman, Simon; Kendall, Matt; Friedlander, Alan; Morgan, Jessica (2019). NCCOS Assessment: Biogeographic Surveys of Benthic and Fish Communities in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico from 2001-01-09 to 2012-11-02 (NCEI Accession 0206670). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.25921/rt0s-ty25. Accessed [date].
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  • 2019-11-22T22:47:25Z - NCEI Accession 0206670 v1.1 was published.
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  • Parameter or Variable: Benthic Composition (measured); Units: percent; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Mean percent cover of abiotic substrate (fine sediment, hard substrate, rubble, or sand) or biotic substrate (living algae, seagrass, live corals, sponges, gorgonians, or other biota) at that site. For detailed description of the methodologies, see Hile et al. (2019).; Data Quality Method: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks for using query outputs. For detailed description of the methodologies, see Hile et al. (2019)..
  • Parameter or Variable: CORAL (measured); Units: percent; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Mean percent cover of live coral (unbleached living), bleached coral (living), diseased coral, and/or dead coral reported at site level; coral species recorded to the lowest possible taxonomic level. For detailed description of the methodologies, see Hile et al. (2019).; Data Quality Method: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks for using query outputs. For detailed description of the methodologies, see Hile et al. (2019)..
  • Parameter or Variable: BENTHIC SPECIES (measured); Units: count; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Abundance of Strombus gigas (queen conch, juvenile and mature), Diadema antillarum (long-spined sea urchin), and Panulirus argus (Caribbean spiny lobster). For detailed description of the methodologies, see Hile et al. (2019).; Data Quality Method: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks for using query outputs. For detailed description of the methodologies, see Hile et al. (2019)..
  • Parameter or Variable: FISH - CORAL REEF (measured); Units: count; Observation Category: in situ; Sampling Instrument: visual observation; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Abundance (count) and size (fork length) of fish species recorded to the lowest possible taxonomic level, with genus and family at minimum. For detailed description of the methodologies, see Hile et al. (2019).; Data Quality Method: Quality assurance checks for every data sheet and entry into database, as well as analytical checks for using query outputs. For detailed description of the methodologies, see Hile et al. (2019)..
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • swimmer/diver
  • visual observation
Platform
  • NOAA Ship Nancy Foster
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