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Meso-American System Larval Transport Ecology (CRCP)

Metadata Updated: April 1, 2024

Reef fish populations are part of one of the most complex ecosystems in the marine environment. They are also the most heavily exploited part of the ecosystem and have been pushed to extremely low levels throughout South Florida and the wider Caribbean. Despite the importance of these populations, relatively little is known about most stages of their life cycles or their interaction with small and mesoscale oceanographic patterns. Important information such as adult spawning behavior, location, and depth of spawning aggregations and recruitment is mostly unknown. Less is known about the status of these fish populations in the western Caribbean along the Meso-American reef system, though stocks there are generally considered to have suffered less exploitation. There are also significant gaps in our understanding of the complex circulation patterns along the western Caribbean Seas Yucatan coast where the Caribbean Current and the Loop Current connect and flow into the Gulf of Mexico. This area plays a potentially important but still un- known role in the route of subtropical gyre circulation which drives the biological production and transport of larvae throughout this region. This research project is designed to provide a baseline study of the fisheries oceanography of the western Caribbean during winter spawning and provide a basis for future fisheries management decisions. What is the level of larval dispersal and recruitment connectivity within and amongst the Mesoamerican reef, the Dry Tortugas, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuarys reserves Is there evidence of self-recruitment within these marine reserves

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Metadata Date March 27, 2024
Metadata Created Date October 22, 2021
Metadata Updated Date April 1, 2024
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

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Harvested from NMFS SEFSC

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date March 27, 2024
Metadata Created Date October 22, 2021
Metadata Updated Date April 1, 2024
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Responsible Party Southeast Fisheries Science Center (Resource Provider)
Contact Email
Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:8863
Access Constraints Cite As: Southeast Fisheries Science Center, [Date of Access]: Meso-American System Larval Transport Ecology (CRCP) [Data Date Range],, Access Constraints: None, Use Constraints: Data set is not for use in litigation. While efforts have been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages or misrepresentations caused by inaccuracies in these data, or as a result of these data being used on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does distribution constitute any such warranty
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Bbox North Lat 21.7452
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Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update asNeeded
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Harvest Source Id ca759a40-507d-4d0c-8f8c-64b3c5e05066
Harvest Source Title NMFS SEFSC
Licence NOAA provides no warranty, nor accepts any liability occurring from any incomplete, incorrect, or misleading data, or from any incorrect, incomplete, or misleading use of the data. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether or not the data is suitable for the intended purpose.
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
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Progress underDevelopment
Spatial Data Service Type
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Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2006
Temporal Extent End 2007

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