Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program: Rapid Ecological Assessments of Fish Large-Area Stationary Point Count Surveys (SPC) at Coral Reef Sites across the Pacific Ocean from 2000 to 2007

Latest version published by United States Geological Survey on Aug 25, 2021 United States Geological Survey

The large-area stationary point count (SPC) method was used to conduct reef fish surveys in the Hawaiian and Mariana Archipelagos, American Samoa, and the Pacific Remote Island Areas as part of NOAA's Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (Pacific RAMP). The SPC method catalogs the diversity (species richness), abundance (numeric density) and biomass (fish mass per unit area) of diurnally active reef fish assemblages in shallow-water (typically 10-15m, always < 30m) hard-bottom habitats. Stationary Point Counts (SPC) is one of several non-invasive underwater-survey methods to enumerate the diverse components of diurnally active shallow-water reef fish assemblages. At each REA survey sites, SPC fish surveys were conducted at 4 stations in conjunction with, but at least 10 m away from 3 consecutively-placed, 25m transect lines to quantify relatively larger (>25 cm Total Length [TL]) and more vagile fish species(BLT). All fishes >25 cm TL are recorded to species-level that enter a 20 m diameter cylinder (area ~314 m2) during a timed 5 minute count. Individuals or groups are estimated to the nearest 5 cm TL size-class bin. Four replicate, 5 minute cylinder counts are conducted at each station. Care is taken to avoid over-counting large transient or schooling species. Transects lines and stations are typically set at depths of 10-15 m. Reef ledges and holes are visually searched. Stations are completed on all sides of the island/atoll, weather and sea conditions permitting. Raw survey data included species level abundance estimates.

Data Records

The data in this sampling event resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 3,642 records. 2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Event (core)
    3642
  • ExtendedMeasurementOrFact 
    205779
  • Occurrence 
    28934

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Coral Reef Ecosystem Program; Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (2017). Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program: Rapid Ecological Assessments of Fish Large-Area Stationary Point Count Surveys (SPC) in the Pacific Ocean from 2000-09-09 to 2007-06-08 (NCEI Accession 0162466). NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset.

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GBIF Registration

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Keywords

Samplingevent; Samplingevent

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Ivor Williams
Research Fish Biologist
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Tye Kindinger
Supervisory Coral Reef Ecosystems Researcher
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Jake Asher
Marine Ecosystems Research Specialist
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Who filled in the metadata:

Annette DesRochers
Data Steward
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Who else was associated with the resource:

Publisher
Abby Benson
Biologist
U.S. Geological Survey
Processor
Sarah Bingo
Data Manager
Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System

Geographic Coverage

Hawaiian and Mariana Archipelagos, American Samoa, and the Pacific Remote Island Areas

Bounding Coordinates South West [-14.559, -154.818], North East [28.454, 142.438]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2000-09-09 / 2007-06-08

Additional Metadata

marine, harvest by iOBIS

Alternative Identifiers 1510ce8d-3184-48db-bc38-592328868181
https://www1.usgs.gov/obis-usa/ipt/resource?r=pifsc_spc_fish_pacific