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American Samoa Territorial Monitoring Program Manu'a reef flat baseline surveys, February 2015
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    Coral Reef Conservation Program (U.S.)
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    "As part of the CRAG-DMWR American Samoa Territorial Monitoring Program, baseline coral reef monitoring surveys of reef flat sites in Ofu and Olosega were conducted between 14th -- 18th February 2015 by Dr. Mareike Sudek (benthic ecologist) and Alice Lawrence (reef fish ecologist). Surveys were conducted at 12 sites around the islands of Ofu and Olosega as shown by the red lines in figures 1and 2 (GPS coordinates for each of the sites are listed in Appendix 1). The aim of these surveys was to conduct baseline surveys from which to detect temporal change if it should occur. Benthic surveys were conducted using line-point intercept survey methods to document benthic cover and coral growth forms ... Line-point intercept was conducted on four 25 meter transects at a 50 centimeter interval (50 data points per transect). Opportunistic swims were carried out at the end of each survey (about 15 mins) to photograph bleaching and diseases. At each site fish surveys were conducted using the underwater visual census (UVC) method along four 20 metertransects. All non-cryptic fish species observed within a 5 meter wide belt along the transect were recorded to species level and fish sizes (Total Length) were estimated to the nearest cm. Fish survey results are shown in Figure 3 and Figure 4 and data results are listed in Table 1"--Page [1].

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    Funding: NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program,; project number: 743,; project number: 198.;
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