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Mesophotic (30-60m) fishery-independent survey in St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands from 2018-08-02 to 2022-12-16 (NCEI Accession 0276998)

Metadata Updated: November 1, 2023

This project employed specialized technical SCUBA diving methods to provide the first assessment of population dynamics and habitat-related life history of reef fishes on the mesophotic reef habitat in St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands that can improve Caribbean island-based stock assessments. This project used NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) National Coral Reef Monitoring Program's (NCRMP) standardized Reef Visual Census (RVC) survey methods that were developed by multiple agencies over 35 years ago and adopted as the standard reef fish monitoring method in 2010 for the U.S. territories. Exact protocols can be referenced in peer-reviewed publications (e.g., Bohnsack and Bannerot, 1986; Ault et al. 2006; Smith et al. 2011). The mesophotic fishery-independent survey information extends the ongoing biennial NCRMP survey (0-30m) out to 60 meters along the insular shelf and expands the surveyed hard bottom habitat by 143%. Key fishery metrics (density, occurrence, abundance, biomass, size-structured abundance etc.) can be calculated using standard analytical survey techniques (Smith et al. 2011).

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Metadata Date 2023-06-02T16:09:11Z
Metadata Created Date March 24, 2023
Metadata Updated Date November 1, 2023
Reference Date(s) March 25, 2023 (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date 2023-06-02T16:09:11Z
Metadata Created Date March 24, 2023
Metadata Updated Date November 1, 2023
Reference Date(s) March 25, 2023 (publication)
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Guid gov.noaa.nodc:0276998
Access Constraints Cite as: Grove, Laura Jay; Blondeau, Jeremiah; Smith, Tyler; NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center; University of the Virgin Islands (2023). Mesophotic (30-60m) fishery-independent survey in St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands from 2018-08-02 to 2022-12-16 (NCEI Accession 0276998). [indicate subset used]. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/0276998. Accessed [date]., Use liability: NOAA and NCEI cannot provide any warranty as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of furnished data. Users assume responsibility to determine the usability of these data. The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.
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Bbox South Lat 18.15
Bbox West Long -65.15
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Temporal Extent Begin 2018-08-02
Temporal Extent End 2022-12-16

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