Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program: Towed-diver Surveys of Large-bodied Fishes of the U.S. Pacific Reefs from 2000 to 2012

Metadata Updated: February 7, 2018

The towed-diver method is used to conduct surveys of large-bodied (> 50 cm) fishes in the Hawaiian and Mariana Archipelagos, American Samoa, and the Pacific Remote Island Areas as part of the NOAA National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP). A suitable method for assessing relatively large areas of reef habitat, the method involves towing a pair of SCUBA divers—one benthic and one fish—behind a small boat for approximately 50 min following the ~15-m depth contour and covering about 2–3 km of habitat. Each diver is equipped with a towboard and attempts to maintain a constant elevation above the surface of the reef (~1 m) for the duration of the survey. A complete towed-diver survey is divided into 10 5-min segments, with visual observations recorded by 5-min segment.

The visual estimate data provided in this dataset were collected during towed-diver surveys in which the number, size, and species of all large-bodied fishes observed within a visually estimated 5-m transect on either side of the fish diver and 10 m in front were recorded. The data were collected at coral reefs across all U.S.-affiliated regions as part of the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), Coral Reef Ecosystem Program (CREP) led missions since 2000. These data can be accessed online via the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) Ocean Archive.

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Metadata Date August 4, 2017
Metadata Created Date February 7, 2018
Metadata Updated Date February 7, 2018
Reference Date(s) 2016 (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

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Diver counting coral reef fishes using the towed diver method.

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date August 4, 2017
Metadata Created Date February 7, 2018
Metadata Updated Date February 7, 2018
Reference Date(s) 2016 (publication)
Responsible Party Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (Point of Contact, Custodian)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Access Constraints: None | Use Constraints: Please cite NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Program (CREP) when using the data. Suggested citation: Coral Reef Ecosystem Program; Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (2016). Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program: Towed-diver Surveys of Large-bodied Fishes of the U.S. Pacific Reefs from 2000 to 2012. NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, https://inport.nmfs.noaa.gov/inport/item/34521. | Distribution Liability: While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
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Frequency Of Update asNeeded
Graphic Preview Description Diver counting coral reef fishes using the towed diver method.
Graphic Preview File https://pifsc-www.irc.noaa.gov/cred/img/diver_using_towboard_sm.jpg
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Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
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Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2003-08-22
Temporal Extent End 2003-09-28

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