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Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 2022: NF0705 biological data, 30 March - 10 April 2007, Virgin Islands, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/24259.

Item Identification

Title: NF0705 biological data, 30 March - 10 April 2007, Virgin Islands
Short Name: NF0705 Biological Data
Status: Completed
Creation Date: 2007
Publication Date: 2009
Abstract:

Biological data collected from plankton collecting gear aboard the NOAA Ship NANCY FOSTER during cruise #NF0705, March 30th - April 10th, 2007 as part of the Coral Reef Ecosystem Research (CRER) project and from inshore larval collections in Brewer's Bay, St. Thomas April 12-19th, 2007. Data are in spreadsheet format. Each file contains a header that describes the column data within.

Purpose:

The United States Virgin Islands' (USVI) Grammanik Bank, located to the south of St. Thomas, is the site of multi-species spawning aggregation for economically important fish including yellowfin grouper, Nassau grouper, tiger grouper, and dog snapper. Fishing pressure at this suspected source of larval recruits prompted the Caribbean Fisheries Council in 2004 to close the bank yearly from February - April. A series of banks south of the USVI (St. Thomas and St. John) and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) provide similar habitats and spawning aggregation sites. Unfortunately, the biological and physical processes which drive production on these banks, the circulation connecting these banks, and the flows across these banks have yet to be quantified. Absent such data, management decisions (including Marine Protected Area [MPA] designations and temporary closures) are presently based on professional judgment rather than quantifiable, defensible scientific information. To address this data gap, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists from the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) and Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) in Miami, Florida, working with scientists from the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) in St. Thomas will be conducting a three-year interdisciplinary research project using the R/V NANCY FOSTER to conduct biological and physical oceanographic surveys of the Virgin Islands' (VI) bank ecosystems and surrounding regional waters. The long-term sustainability of fisheries in the VI and surrounding regions will depend on a comprehensive understanding of regional spawning aggregations, larval transport, and overall larval recruitment in the study area. The project will be directed at answering one over-arching question: How are unprotected VI banks, MPAs such as the Hind Bank Marine Conservation District, seasonally closed areas such as the Grammanik Bank, and inshore areas ecologically linked via regional reef fish larval dispersal, transport, and life-history patterns? To gain the information necessary to develop more specific hypotheses, the first research cruise of this project was conducted between March 30, 2007 and April 10, 2007 aboard the R/V NANCY FOSTER. This survey sampled water properties, currents, and dispersal and transport of settlement-stage larvae in the VI and neighboring regions. It should yield not only an understanding of regional spatial variation in the supply of settlement-stage fishes, but also insights into the relative importance of Grammanik Bank and its MPAs as a source of juvenile fishes recruiting to the waters of the VI. Specifically, the cruise will address the following questions: 1) How do the abundance and composition of ichthyoplankton around Grammanik Bank and other similar banks change with space and time? 2) How much of this variation in abundance and composition can be explained by the oceanographic setting? 3) How do the oceanography and ichthyoplankton assemblages interface with the boundary areas of seasonally or permanently closed MPAs? This survey included neuston, bongo, and MOCNESS trawl tows, as well as CTDO2/LADCP casts measuring, temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, light transmission, chlorophyll, and water velocity. Continuous surface measurements of temperature, salinity, light transmission, chlorophyll, and water velocity werel also collected via the ship's flow-through system and hull-mounted ADCP. Satellite imagery of sea surface temperature, altimetry, and ocean color was used to aid in the interpretation of and extrapolation from shipboard observations. Identification and analysis of samples and shipboard data analysis commenced immediately after the cruise and should be completed by the end of 2009. Initially, the success of the project will be measured by the extent of the surveys made and the number of samples collected, as well as the utility and quality of useful information generated from analysis of the data collected. Settlement-stage larvae collected from inshore sampling will constitute another measure of success for the field study portion of this project. Determination of the utility of stable isotope analysis of these larvae will provide an additional benchmark. The synthesis of these data, to determine the location and relative importance of spawning sites, and the incorporation of this information into fisheries oceanographic models that help local resource managers in making decisions as to MPA sites and optimal seasonal closures with respect to time and place, will provide the ultimate measure of project success. In addition, it is our intention that all data generated and analyzed will be published in peer-reviewed literature. We consider this an essential step both to guarantee data quality and to assure that management decisions based on this information are defensible.

Other Citation Details:

DATASET CONTRIBUTORS: John Lamkin, Trika Gerard, Estrella Malca, Akihiro Shiroza (NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC and NOAA/OAR/AOML)

Supplemental Information:

Biological data collected aboard the NOAA Ship NANCY FOSTER during cruise #NF0705, March 30th - April 10th, 2007 Biological data collected during larval collections in Brewer's Bay, St. Thomas April 12 -19th, 2007.Gear used was light traps, channel nets and beach seine

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus Numeric Data Sets > Biology
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Microbiota > Plankton
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Microbiota > Plankton > Fish Eggs and Larvae
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Fish
ISO 19115 Topic Category 002
ISO 19115 Topic Category 014
ISO 19115 Topic Category biota
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
None Brewer's Bay inshore larval collections
None Caribbean Sea plankton data
None CRER larval fish data
None Leeward Islands plankton data
None Virgin Islands Bongo net data
None Virgin Islands light trap data
None Virgin Islands MOCNESS data

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None 2007

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > British Overseas Territory > British Virgin Islands > Anegada > Anegada (18N064W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > Brewers Bay (20N064W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > St. Thomas (18N064W0033)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Anegada > Anegada (18N064W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Leeward Islands > St. Thomas (18N064W0033)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > St. Thomas > Brewers Bay (20N064W0001)
None Anegada Passage
None Brewer's Bay
None Caribbean Sea
None Leeward Islands
None St. Thomas
None Virgin Islands

Instrument Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None beach seine
None channel nets
None light traps

Platform Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None NANCY Foster

Physical Location

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

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Data Presentation Form: Table (digital)
Entity Attribute Overview:

Fish identification data for stations at which a MOCNESS, Bongo or inshore gear was deployed including lowest identifiable taxa when possible. Abundances provided. See the header of data file for complete description of data fields...

Distribution Liability:

Data were collected for scientific purposes only and should only be used for general scientific interest/endeavours. NOAA/OAR/AOML & NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC cannot be held liable for use of these data in any other manner.

Support Roles

Distributor

CC ID: 289330
Date Effective From: 2007
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
USA
Phone: (305)361-5761
URL: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/about/southeast-fisheries-science-center
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 195436
Date Effective From: 2007
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Gerard, Trika
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
USA
Email Address: trika.gerard@noaa.gov
Phone: 305-361-4493
Fax: 305-365-4103

Originator

CC ID: 195433
Date Effective From: 2007
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
USA
Phone: (305)361-5761
URL: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/about/southeast-fisheries-science-center
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST

Originator

CC ID: 195640
Date Effective From: 2007
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory (AOML)
Address: 4301 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
Phone: 305-361-4420
URL: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/

Point of Contact

CC ID: 880087
Date Effective From: 2009
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Malca, Estrella
Address: 75 Va Beach Dr
Miami , FL
Email Address: Estrella.Malca@noaa.gov
Phone: 305-361-4295

Point of Contact

CC ID: 195434
Date Effective From: 2007
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Gerard, Trika
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
USA
Email Address: trika.gerard@noaa.gov
Phone: 305-361-4493
Fax: 305-365-4103

Point of Contact

CC ID: 880088
Date Effective From: 2007
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Smith, Ryan H
Address: 4301 Rickenbacker Cswy
Miami, FL 33149-1026
United States
Email Address: ryan.smith@noaa.gov
Phone: (305) 361-4328
Fax: (305) 361-4392
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Extents

Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 195464
W° Bound: -67.16
E° Bound: -62.66
N° Bound: 18.55
S° Bound: 17.35
Description

Virgin Islands

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 195465
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2007-03-30
End: 2007-04-19

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:

Retrieve from website

Data Access Constraints:

N/A

Data Use Constraints:

N/A

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 826992
URL: https://www.omao.noaa.gov/learn/marine-operations/ships/nancy-foster
Name: Home Page Nancy Foster
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: html
Description:

NOAA Ship Nancy Foster ship supports fish habitat and populations studies, seafloor mapping surveys, physical and chemical oceanography studies, and maritime heritage surveys..

This was the ship that conducted the survey

URL 2

CC ID: 826995
URL: https://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/caribbean/fish_indep_wkshp/surveys/usvi_larval/index.html
Name: USVI Larval Distribution and Supply, Fisheries Oceanography Survey Page
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: html
Description:

Gives a brief description of all of cruises of the USVI Larval Distribution and Supply, Fisheries Oceanography Surveys.

Data Quality

Accuracy:

Data have been processed using standard methodology with regard to plankton samples and identifications of fishes are ongoing with trained personnel.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy: The exact location of each tow (either MOCNESS, or Bongo) cast is shown in the spreadsheet. This location is determined from the ship's GPS and should be considered very accurate.The exact location of each station (light trap) is shown in the spreadsheet, locations were determined from the vessel's GPS and should be considered accurate. Positions of net casts recoreded in the data files correspond with the beginning of each cast. As the ship may drift on station, the position of the net will change in time over the course of the cast. As such the position information is only accurate for the beginning of the cast (i.e. when the net first enters the water). This accuracy is on the order of 10 meters. Positions of inshore collections is in the order of 5 meters due to the shifting wind and current at each station. Geographical accuracy was determined by GPS NMEA data.

Vertical Positional Accuracy: pressures (depth proxy) are determined using the MOCNESS pressure sensor.Depth of inshore stations was determined using the vessel's built in sounder. pressures (depth proxy) are accurate to within 1db

Completeness Report:

N/A

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Data is checked as it is entered

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: No
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: Unknown
Do these Data Comply with the Data Access Directive?: No
Is Access to the Data Limited Based on an Approved Waiver?: No
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: 365
Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: To Be Determined
If To Be Determined, Unable to Archive, or No Archiving Intended, Explain:

To be determined

Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: 365
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

Data is stored on a secure SEFSC server requiring authentication in order to access

Lineage

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 195468
Description:

Net / Trawl Operations: Operations varied, utilizing either neuston, bongo, Methot, or 1 meter Multiple Opening and Closing Net Environmental Sampling System (MOCNESS) . Trawl type and location was dependent on the work area (depth). Plankton samples were collected at sea and preserved in Ethanol. Light trap, channel net operations were done daily and consisted of larval fish collections. Seine tows were done three times around the new moon to monitor recruitment of settlement size fishes. Sorting and identification of larval fish began immediately. All data was stored in a spreadsheet format and updated as samples were completed.

Acquisition Information

Instruments

Instrument 1

CC ID: 826996
Identifier: Neuston Net
Instrument / Gear: Gear
Instrument Type: Plankton Nets
Description:

Neuston nets are designed to capture members of the neuston, the collective term for the organisms that inhabit the water’s surface. Neuston nets have a rectangular frame and are towed horizontally at the top of the water column.

Platforms

Platform 1

CC ID: 826997
Identifier: NOAA Ship Nancy Foster
Description:

The Nancy Foster is a 187-ft research vessel that operates in all three SEFSC research areas. The Nancy Foster is used in habitat and fauna characterization in the nation’s National Marine Sanctuaries as well as pollution assessments, bathymetric surveys, physical and chemical oceanography studies, maritime heritage surveys, and pollution assessments. On board equipment includes two cranes, A-frame, J-frame and two winches. Special research equipment includes wet and dry laboratories, computers for data acquisition and analysis, and instruments for obtaining oceanographic and atmospheric data. The ship also carries four different launches, ranging from 17-ft rigid hull inflatable boats to a 23-ft aluminum boat for diving and oceanographic operations in shallow water.

Mounted Instrument 1

Identifier: Neuston Net

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Document 2007_NF0705_DOS-2006-113_Cruise_Report.pdf
Entity Gear_TYpe_Codes.csv
Entity NF0705.xls
Document NF0705_FISH_DATA_REPORT.doc
Document NF0705_final_cruise_track.pdf

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 24259
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:24259
Metadata Record Created By: Sarah A O'Connor
Metadata Record Created: 2015-04-01 14:30+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