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Data report 2012, St. Croix, USVI
  • Published Date:
    2014
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Data report 2012, St. Croix, USVI
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    National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (U.S.)
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    "A collaborative research effort between the NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment's (CCMA) Biogeography Branch (BB) and the National Park Service South Florida and Caribbean Network (NPS-SFCN) has been inventorying and assessing reef fish populations in reef and reef-associated habitats in the northeast region of St. Croix from 2001-2011. The diver-based fish and benthic community survey methods were developed at the scale of the NPS MPAs (Buck Island in St. Croix and Coral Reef National Monument and National Park in St. John) and adjacent non-protected habitats. The methods were developed with the desire to expand to greater spatial scales, e.g., all of St. Croix or all of St. Thomas and St. John. Region-wide population metric estimates are required to effectively manage reef fisheries but are also imperative for spatial management and understanding ecosystem-level processes, such as measuring MPA efficacy. To date, very little information exists outside the northeast portion of St. Croix and this effort was designed to establish a baseline characterization for the whole island of St. Croix. This effort was also a logistical, as well as statistical primer, for the implementation of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) that will start in 2016. This program will implement standardized fish and benthic community survey across the USVI, Puerto Rico, Florida Keys and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (and a similar structure in the US Pacific) and serve as a broad scale monitoring tool for the foreseeable future"--Page 2.

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