Guam Long-term Coral Reef Monitoring Program Reef Fish Surveys FY2014

Metadata Updated: October 12, 2020

The Government of Guam's Long-term Coral Reef Monitoring Program, coordinated by the University of Guam Marine Lab, involves the collection of data for a suite of coral reef ecosystem health parameters at several high priority reef sites around the island of Guam, including Tumon Bay, East Agana Bay, Piti Bay, Western Shoals, Achang Reef Flat Marine Preserve, and the Eastern seaward slope near Cocos Island . Data are collected annually or biennially by a team of highly-trained field biologists from the NOAA Pacific Islands Regional Office, the University of Guam Marine Lab, and with occasional assistance by staff from other agencies. Fish are a culturally and economically valuable resource for the island of Guam (van Buekering et al., 2007 (in recognition of the high value of this resource, reef fish surveys are a key component of the Guam Long-term Coral Reef Monitoring Program. Reef fish assessment surveys have been conducted at high priority reef sites around Guam since August 2010. The surveys are carried out at numerous sampling stations within each monitoring site, the locations of which were generated randomly using a Geographic Information System and the relevant bathymetric and benthic habitat data. A split-panel approach is currently used for the sampling design, with half of all sampling stations in a given site being fixed and half re-randomized every visit or every other visit. The monitoring team uses a Stationary Point Count Method, adapted from Ault et al. (2006) and NOAA Fisheries, Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (Williams et al., 2011), to conduct the reef fish surveys. These monitoring data on reef fish communities provide results on fish density, biomass, and diversity; allow for exploration of community structure by functional group and size structure; and can be used to detect changes in fish communities over time.

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Metadata Date March 29, 2020
Metadata Created Date October 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date October 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) May 31, 2015 (publication)
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Metadata Date March 29, 2020
Metadata Created Date October 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date October 12, 2020
Reference Date(s) May 31, 2015 (publication)
Responsible Party Guam Field Office, Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (Point of Contact)
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Access Constraints Use Constraints: Please cite Habitat Conservation Division, Pacific Islands Regional Office, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, when using data., Access Constraints: None
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Temporal Extent Begin 2014-09-17
Temporal Extent End 2014-09-19

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