Biogeographic Characterization of Fish Communities within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (2006 - 2007) (NODC Accession 0118358)


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Metadata Language: eng; USA
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Resource Type: Dataset
Responsible Party:
Organisation Name: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Role: Point Of Contact
Contact Info:
Voice: 409-621-5151 ext. 111
Delivery Point: 4700 Avenue U. Building 216
City: Galveston
Administrative Area: TX
Postal Code: 77551
Country: USA
E-Mail Address: FGBScience.Coordinator@noaa.gov
Metadata Date: 2018-06-20
Metadata Standard Name: ISO 19115-2 Geographic Information - Metadata - Part 2: Extensions for Imagery and Gridded Data
Metadata Standard Version: ISO 19115-2:2009(E)
Data Identification
Abstract: The overarching goal of this collaboration was to provide the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS) staff with information on biogeographic patterns within the Sanctuary. This specific project focused on the development of a plan to spatially and quantitatively characterize the fish communities in relatively shallow waters throughout the Sanctuary (<110 ft). This collaboration also included the initial implementation of that plan. The FGBNMS represents the northernmost tropical western Atlantic coral reef on the continental shelf and support the most highly developed offshore hard bank community in the region. The complexity of habitats supports a diverse assemblage of organisms including approximately 250 species of fish, 23 species of coral, and 80 species of algae in addition to large sponge communities. Understanding and monitoring these resources is critical to both sanctuary inventory and management activities. Monitoring of the biological communities has taken place at FGBNMS since the 1970s. This work has focused primarily on monitoring the benthos with video transects and photostations documenting transitions between coral, algae and sponge communities over time. Until relatively recently, little has been done to monitor or characterize the reef fish community. In 1994 the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) began surveys of the Sanctuary and utilized a combination of REEF personnel, volunteers, and Sanctuary staff to visually census reef fish populations via roving diver surveys. These surveys have been invaluable in terms of species list development and understanding the ranges of these species. Subsequently, a stationary point-count survey technique was utilized to begin to quantify community metrics such as species abundance and trophic structure at selected locations. These data provide an important starting point for characterizing the fish community; however, they are limited in scope of inference to small portions of the Sanctuary coral cap environment and are therefore difficult to utilize in developing population estimates at the scale of the Sanctuary.
Purpose: 1) To design a sampling strategy that will quantify in a spatially robust manner the status of the benthic fish community associated with the diveable portion of the coral cap regions (<110 ft) within the Sanctuary; 2) To carry out the initial implementation of this sampling strategy; 3) To develop a GIS based tool that will assist with the implementation of both strategies including site selection; 4)To relate the data collected describing the fish communities to data concurrently collected on associated benthic composition; and 5) To analyze the information gathered to help guide sanctuary resource management decisions.
Language: eng; USA
Citation:
Title: Biogeographic Characterization of Fish Communities within the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (2006 - 2007) (NODC Accession 0118358)
Date:
Date: 2006-10-01
Date Type: Publication Date
Organisation Name: NOAA's Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)
Role: Publisher
Contact Info:
City: Silver Spring
Administrative Area: MD
Organisation Name: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)/National Ocean Service (NOS)/National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)/Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA)/Biogeography Branch
Role: Originator
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Contact Info:
Online Resource: https://coastalscience.noaa.gov/project/management-flower-garden-banks-national-marine-sanctuary/
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Contact Info:
Online Resource: https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0118358
Point Of Contact:
Organisation Name: NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CCMA/Biogeography Branch
Role: Point Of Contact
Contact Info:
Voice: 301-713-3028 x134
Delivery Point: 1305 East-West Hwy. (SSMC4, N/SCI-1)
City: Silver Spring
Administrative Area: MD
Postal Code: 20910
Country: USA
E-Mail Address: chris.jeffrey@noaa.gov
Topic Category: Biology and Ecology
Keyword Collection:
Keyword: CoRIS_Metadata
Associated Thesaurus: NCEI Geoportal Filter
Keyword: Numeric Data Sets > Biology
Associated Thesaurus: CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef monitoring and assessment > Reef fish census > Belt transect
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef monitoring and assessment
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef monitoring and assessment > Reef fish census > Linear transect
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Ecological Dynamics > Species richness
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Fish > Fish assemblages
Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Fish > Fish Census
Associated Thesaurus: CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
Keyword: coral reef fishes
Associated Thesaurus: None
Keyword: Environmental Monitoring
Associated Thesaurus: NOS Data Explorer Topic Category
Keyword: OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Gulf of Mexico > Flower Garden Banks > East Flower Garden Banks (27N093W0001)
Keyword: COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Texas > East Flower Garden Banks (27N093W0001)
Keyword: OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Gulf of Mexico > Flower Garden Banks > West Flower Garden Banks (27N093W0002)
Keyword: COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Texas > West Flower Garden Banks (27N093W0002)
Associated Thesaurus: CoRIS Place Thesaurus
Spatial Extent:
West Bounding Longitude: -93.82
East Bounding Longitude: -93.59
North Bounding Latitude: 27.92
South Bounding Latitude: 27.87
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URL: https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0118358
Distributor:
Distributor Contact:
Organisation Name: NOAA/NCCOS/CCMA/Biogeography Branch
Position Name: Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring Database Manager
Role: Distributor
Contact Info:
Voice: 301-713-3028
Delivery Point: 1305 East-West Hwy. (SSMC4, N/SCI-1)
City: Silver Spring
Administrative Area: MD
Postal Code: 20910
Country: USA
E-Mail Address: tom.mcgrath@noaa.gov
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Scope: Dataset