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Acoustic Tracking of Fish Movements in Coral Reef Ecosystems in St John (USVI), 2006-2010

Metadata Updated: March 15, 2024

Acoustic Tracking of Reef Fishes to Elucidate Habitat Utilization Patterns and Residence Times Inside and Outside Marine Protected Areas Around the Island of St. John, USVI NOAA's Biogeography Branch, National Park Service (NPS), US Geological Survey, and the University of Hawaii used acoustic telemetry to quantify spatial patterns and habitat affinities of reef fishes around the island of St. John, US Virgin Islands. The objective of the study was to define the movements of reef fishes among habitats within and between the Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument (VICRNM), the Virgin Islands National Park (VIIS), and Territorial waters surrounding St. John. In order to better understand species' habitat utilization patterns among management regimes, we deployed an array of hydroacoustic receivers and acoustically tagged reef fishes. Thirty six receivers were deployed in shallow nearshore bays and across the shelf to depths of approximately 30 m. We tagged 184 individual fishes representing 19 species from 10 different families with VEMCO V9-2L-R64K transmitters.

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Metadata Date February 29, 2024
Metadata Created Date July 28, 2023
Metadata Updated Date March 15, 2024
Reference Date(s) 2011 (publication)
Frequency Of Update notPlanned

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Metadata Date February 29, 2024
Metadata Created Date July 28, 2023
Metadata Updated Date March 15, 2024
Reference Date(s) 2011 (publication)
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Access Constraints Cite As: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, [Date of Access]: Acoustic Tracking of Fish Movements in Coral Reef Ecosystems in St John (USVI), 2006-2010 [Data Date Range],, Access Constraints: Data is shared only with consent of partners and full acknowledgements are expected. Please contact the NOAA Biogeography Branch for additional information, Use Constraints: Contact Project Manager for further information, Distribution Liability: 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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Temporal Extent Begin 2006
Temporal Extent End 2010

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