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Title: Meso-American System Larval Transport & Ecology
Short Name: Meso-American Larval Transport & Ecology
Status: In Work

Reef fish populations are part of one of the most complex ecosystems in the marine environment. They are also the most heavily exploited part of the ecosystem and have been pushed to extremely low levels throughout South Florida and the wider Caribbean. Despite the importance of these populations, relatively little is known about most stages of their life cycles or their interaction with small and mesoscale oceanographic patterns. Important information such as adult spawning behavior, location, and depth of spawning aggregations and recruitment is mostly unknown. Less is known about the status of these fish populations in the western Caribbean along the Meso-American reef system, though stocks there are generally considered to have suffered less exploitation. There are also significant gaps in our understanding of the complex circulation patterns along the western Caribbean Sea's Yucatan coast where the Caribbean Current and the Loop Current connect and flow into the Gulf of Mexico. This area plays a potentially important but still un-known role in the route of subtropical gyre circulation which drives the biological production and transport of larvae throughout this region. This research project is designed to provide a baseline study of the fisheries oceanography of the western Caribbean during winter spawning and provide a basis for future fisheries management decisions. What is the level of larval dispersal and recruitment connectivity within and amongst the Mesoamerican reef, the Dry Tortugas, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary's reserves? Is there evidence of self-recruitment within these marine reserves?


To observe variation in ichthyoplankton abundance and composition in the region due to oceanographic processes


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None coral
None current
None depth
None gear
None gordon gunther
None habitat
None larval fish
None oceanography parameters
None reef fish
None salinity
None temperture

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 2006
None 2007

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None belize
None cabo camaron
None caribbean sea
None guatamala
None honduras
None mexico
None swan islands

Physical Location

Organization: Southeast Fisheries Science Center
City: Miami
State/Province: FL
Country: USA

Project Information

Project Type: Project

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 64825
Date Effective From: 2006-01-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Lamkin, John
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Dr
Email Address:
Phone: 305-361-4226
Fax: 305-361-4219
Business Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 64810
W° Bound: -87.727
E° Bound: -86
N° Bound: 21.564
S° Bound: 18.123

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 163590
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2006-03-10
End: 2006-04-07

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 2

CC ID: 163604
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2007-01-08
End: 2007-01-31

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Policy:

Available to qualified researchers

Data Access Procedure:

Please contact data steward

Data Access Constraints:

Available to qualified researchers

Data Use Constraints:

Data set is not for use in litigation. While efforts have been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages or misrepresentations caused by inaccuracies in these data, or as a result of these data being used on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does distribution constitute any such warranty

Metadata Access Constraints:


Metadata Use Constraints:

Please Credit


MAR Mesoamerican Reef
MBRS Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System

Glossary Terms and Definitions

Measoamerican Coral Reef Location

CC ID: 64811
Authority: Coral Reef Alliance

The reef system extends along the coast of four countries: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. It begins near Isla Contoy on the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula and continues south alongside the Riviera Maya including areas like Cozumel and Banco Chinchorro. It then continues south down the eastern coast of Belize including many cayes and atolls. It extends past the north-east corner of Guatemala and ends near the Bay Islands of Honduras.

Child Items

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Data Set Meso-American System Larval Transport Ecology (CRCP)

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 12221
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:12221
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2012-04-09 10:09+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2021-10-13 19:08+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-10-13
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-10-14