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|Title:||NOAA/NOS National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) /Center for Coastal Ocean Science (CCMA) benthic habitat and fish community assessment, U.S. Virgin Islands, 2011-2012 (NODC Accession 0088018)|
|Abstract:||These data were collected 2011-2012 from select locations on St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John (U.S. VI) in order to 1) to spatially characterize and monitor the distribution, abundance, and size of both reef fishes and macro-invertebrates (conch, lobster, Diadema); 2) to relate this information to in situ data collected on water quality and associated habitat parameters; 3) to use this information to establish the knowledge base necessary for enacting management decisions in a spatial setting; 4) to establish the efficacy of those management decisions; 5) to work with the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program to develop data collection standards and easily implemented methodologies for transference to other agencies and to work toward standardizing data collection throughout the U.S. states and territories; and to 6) conduct a baseline characterization of fish and benthic communities. |
This work was variously conducted in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources, the Nature Conservancy, the University of Miami, the U.S. Department of Interior National Park Service and the University of the Virgin Islands.
These data include benthic habitat data (benthic coverage type, species, percent cover), reef fish survey data (habitat and species), and macroinvertebrate counts with included metadata in FGDC (Federal Geographic Data Committee) format. Data are in ASCII, Microsoft EXCEL, and .csv format and are in individual subfolders by year and island location.
|Seanames:||Caribbean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean|
|Observation types:||benthic, biological, composition & location, survey - biological, survey - coral reef, survey - swimmer/diver, survey, visual observation|
|Instrument types:||biota surveys, coral reef surveys, swimmer/diver, visual observation|
|Datatypes:||ANIMALS - GROUP - NUMBER IN GROUP, ANIMALS - INDIVIDUAL, BENTHIC COMMUNITIES, BENTHIC SPECIES, BIOLOGICAL DATA, CORAL - SPECIES IDENTIFICATION, CORAL, FISH - CORAL REEF, FISH CENSUS, FISH SPECIES, HABITAT - BENTHIC, HABITAT, MACROFAUNA, MACROINVERTEBRATE CENSUS, REEF AND/OR BOTTOM REGIME - PERCENT COVER, SPECIES IDENTIFICATION, VERTEBRATES|
|Submitter:||Hile, Marine Ecologist Sarah|
|Contributing projects:||COASTAL, CORAL REEF STUDIES, CoRIS|
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|Supplementary information:||These data were prepared by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, make any warranty, expressed or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference therein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. Any views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof. Although all data have been used by NOAA, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by NOAA as to the accuracy of the data and/or related materials. The act of distribution shall not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by NOAA in the use of these data or related materials.|
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