Short Citation:
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, 2020: National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Stratified Random Surveys (StRS) of Reef Fish, including Benthic Estimate Data of the Hawaiian Archipelago from 2013 to 2019, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/24447.

Item Identification

Title: National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Stratified Random Surveys (StRS) of Reef Fish, including Benthic Estimate Data of the Hawaiian Archipelago from 2013 to 2019
Short Name: NCRMP: Fish Surveys (nSPC) Hawaiian Archipelago
Status: On Going
Creation Date: 2016-12
Revision Date: 2020-05
Publication Date: 2020
Abstract:

The stationary point count (SPC) method is used to conduct reef fish surveys in the Hawaiian and Mariana Archipelagos, American Samoa, and the Pacific Remote Island Areas as part of the NOAA National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP). 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 (less than 30 m) hard-bottom habitats. Visual estimates of benthic cover and topographic complexity are also recorded, with benthic organisms grouped into broad functional categories (e.g., 'Hard Coral', 'Macroalgae'). A stratified random sampling (StRS) design is employed to survey the coral reef ecosystems throughout the U.S.-Pacific regions. For all regions, the survey domain encompasses the majority of the mapped area of reef and hard bottom habitats and the stratification includes island, reef zone, and depth, with the exception of the Main Hawaiian Islands that includes habitat structure type as well. Sampling effort is allocated based on strata area.

Reef fish and benthic estimate data provided in this data set were collected during SPC surveys as part of the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), Ecosystem Sciences Division (formerly the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division) led NCRMP missions around the Main Hawaiian Islands in 2013, 2016, and 2019, and the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in 2016. Data collected as part of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument funded research cruises in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in 2014, 2015, and 2017 are also included as these data are funded separately from but are complementary to the NCRMP-funded data.

Additionally, data collected as part of a PIFSC-funded Reef Fish Survey cruise in the Main Hawaiian Islands in 2015 are included as these data are funded separately from but are complementary to the NCRMP-funded data. During the 2015 and cruise, some sites were surveyed using both open-circuit SCUBA (OC) and closed-circuit rebreather (CCR), as part of an ongoing assessment of sources of bias in survey count relating to divers' presence. The CCR data is archived separately.

Purpose:

The NOAA National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) details a long term approach to provide an ecosystem perspective via monitoring climate, fish, benthic, and socioeconomic variables in a consistent and integrated manner. The NCRMP coordinates various NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) biological, physical, and human dimensions activities into a cohesive NOAA-wide effort. Through the implementation of the NCRMP, NOAA is able to clearly and concisely communicate results of national-scale monitoring to national, state, and territorial policy makers, resource managers, and the public on a periodic basis.

NCRMP is a framework for conducting sustained observations of biological, climate, and socioeconomic indicators at 10 priority coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. This integrated approach consolidates monitoring of coral reefs under a uniform method in the Pacific, Atlantic, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico for the first time. NCRMP is funded by the CRCP and supported by NOAA Fisheries, NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), and many other partners. The PIFSC Ecosystem Sciences Division (ESD) at NOAA Fisheries is leading biological monitoring in the U.S. Pacific Islands Region.

The biological component of NCRMP in the Pacific provides a triennial ecological characterization at a broad spatial scale of general reef condition for reef fishes, corals and benthic habitat (i.e., fish species composition/density/size, benthic cover, and coral density/size/condition). Innovative analysis techniques are then used to develop products that give fellow scientists, managers, decision makers and the public a better understanding of a region’s resources and how they are changing over time.

Other Citation Details:

Ayotte P, McCoy K, Heenan A, Williams I, Zamzow J. 2015. Coral Reef Ecosystem Program standard operating procedures: data collection for Rapid Ecological Assessment fish surveys. Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Administrative Report H-15-07, 33 p.

Supplemental Information:

In some circumstances, additional survey efforts using identical survey methods and design are conducted to supplement or otherwise complement NCRMP surveys. As methods, design and even sometimes personnel are consistent across those surveys and NCRMP; and where the supplementary surveys are expressly intended to be merged with NCRMP data, we include those surveys here. In the Main Hawaiian Islands, the Reef Fish Surveys complement the NCRMP surveys by surveying locations that weren't surveyed during a NCRMP cruise. NCRMP research cruises are typically conducted on a triennial basis in the Hawaiian Archipelago. In the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument complements NCRMP by surveying each of the years in between the triennial NCRMP surveys.

The PIFSC-funded 2015 cruise included a comparison of counts on OC and CCR, in order to assess one source of disturbance on fish life (and ultimately counts) from with divers' presence - i.e. the bubbles produced by divers using standard SCUBA apparatus. Therefore, a subset of sites contain counts using both OC and CCR, conducted one after the other with order varying.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier): doi:10.7289/V59C6VR5
DOI Registration Authority: NOAA

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus Numeric Data Sets > Fish Census
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Reef Habitat
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Ecological Dynamics > Species Richness
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef monitoring and assessment
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef monitoring and assessment > Rapid assessment studies
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef monitoring and assessment > Reef fish census
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef monitoring and assessment > Reef fish census > Stationary
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral reef ecology
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral Reef Ecology > Coral Cover
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral Reef Ecology > Rugosity
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Fish
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Fish > Fish Assemblages
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Macroinvertebrates
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Marine Invertebrates
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Marine Biology > Marine Invertebrates > Macroinvertebrates
CRCP Project 743
CRCP Project National Coral Reef Monitoring Program
ISO 19115 Topic Category 002
ISO 19115 Topic Category biota
NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS FISH - CORAL REEF
NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS FISH CENSUS
NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS FISH SPECIES
NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS MACROINVERTEBRATE CENSUS
NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS REEF AND/OR BOTTOM REGIME - PERCENT COVER
NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS SPECIES IDENTIFICATION
NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS SPECIES IDENTIFICATION - COUNT
NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS SPECIES IDENTIFICATION - ORGANISM LENGTH
NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS in situ
NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS survey - biological
NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS survey - swimmer/diver
NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS visual estimate
NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS visual observation
NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS Coral Reef Conservation Program
NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS CORAL REEF STUDIES
NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS National Coral Reef Monitoring Program
NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS US DOC; NOAA; NMFS; Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center; Ecosystem Sciences Division
None Coral Reef Ecosystem Division
None Coral Reef Ecosystem Program
None CRED
None CREP
None Ecosystem Sciences Division
None ESD
None Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
None PIFSC
None RAMP
None Rapid Ecological Assessment
None REA
None Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program
None Reef Fish
None SPC
None Stationary Point Count

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Hawaii > Hawaii Island (19N155W0003)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Hawaii > Kauai Island (22N159W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Hawaii > Molokai Island (21N157W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Honolulu > French Frigate Shoals (24N166W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Honolulu > Kure Atoll (28N178W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Honolulu > Laysan Island (25N171W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Honolulu > Lisianski Island (25N173W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Honolulu > Maro Reef (25N170W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Honolulu > Midway Atoll (28N177W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Honolulu > Oahu (21N157W0003)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Honolulu > Pearl and Hermes Reef (27N176W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Kalawao > Kahoolawe Island (20N156W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Kauai > Niihau Island (21N160W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Maui > Lanai Island (20N156W0002)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaii > Maui > Maui Island (20N156W0004)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Hawaiian Islands (21N157W0027)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Hawaiian Islands (21N157W0027)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Hawaiian Islands > Hawaii Island > Hawaii Island (19N155W0003)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Hawaiian Islands > Kahoolawe Island > Kahoolawe Island (20N156W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Hawaiian Islands > Kauai Island > Kauai Island (22N159W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Hawaiian Islands > Lanai Island > Lanai Island (20N156W0002)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Hawaiian Islands > Maui Island > Maui Island (20N156W0004)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Hawaiian Islands > Molokai Island > Molokai Island (21N157W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Hawaiian Islands > Niihau Island > Niihau Island (21N160W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Hawaiian Islands > Oahu Island > Oahu (21N157W0003)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Northwestern Hawaiian Islands > French Frigate Shoals (24N166W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Northwestern Hawaiian Islands > Kure Atoll (28N178W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Northwestern Hawaiian Islands > Laysan Island (25N171W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Northwestern Hawaiian Islands > Lisianski Island (25N173W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Northwestern Hawaiian Islands > Maro Reef (25N170W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Northwestern Hawaiian Islands > Midway Atoll (28N177W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Central Pacific Ocean > Northwestern Hawaiian Islands > Pearl and Hermes Reef (27N176W0001)
NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS North Pacific Ocean
NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
None Main Hawaiian Islands
None MHI
None Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
None NWHI
None PMNM

Platform Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
NODC PLATFORM NAMES THESAURUS HI'IALAKAI
NODC PLATFORM NAMES THESAURUS Oscar Elton Sette

Physical Location

Organization: Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
City: Honolulu
State/Province: HI
Country: USA

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: CSV Files
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Maintenance Note:

Dataset record updated as new data for the region are added to the collection.

Data Presentation Form: Table (digital)
Entity Attribute Overview:

Raw survey data includes metadata for each survey (where, when, who, area); site characteristics (depth, reef type, habitat, benthic cover); individual reef fish observations identified to the lowest taxonomic level possible (usually species) including size, count, and observation type; and parameters needed to calculate biomass and density.

Entity Attribute Detail URL: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/35994
Distribution Liability:

While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.

Data Set Credit: NOAA Fisheries Ecosystem Sciences Division and funded by the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program, the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center; Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Support Roles

Data Set Credit

CC ID: 798228
Date Effective From: 2015
Date Effective To: 2015
Contact (Organization): Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC)
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
USA
Phone: 808-725-5300
URL: http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Contact Instructions:

Funded 2016 Reef Fish Surveys

Data Set Credit

CC ID: 803233
Date Effective From: 2014
Date Effective To: 2017
Contact (Organization): Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Contact Instructions:

Funded monument-led missions in the NWHI

Data Set Credit

CC ID: 345009
Date Effective From: 2013
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) (CRCP)
Address: 1305 East West Highway 10th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3281
Phone: (301) 713-3155
URL: http://coralreef.noaa.gov
Contact Instructions:

Funded NCRMP missions in 2013, 2016, and 2019

Data Steward

CC ID: 197423
Date Effective From: 2020-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Gray, Andrew E
Email Address: andrew.e.gray@noaa.gov
Contact Instructions:

Email preferred

Data Steward

CC ID: 909929
Date Effective From: 2013
Date Effective To: 2019
Contact (Person): McCoy, Kaylyn S
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
USA
Email Address: kaylyn.mccoy@noaa.gov
Phone: (808)725-5471

Distributor

CC ID: 904256
Date Effective From: 2020-01-08
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)
URL: https://obis.org

Distributor

CC ID: 345794
Date Effective From: 2016
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD)
Address: NOAA/NESDIS E/OC SSMC3, 4th Floor, 1351 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Phone: (301) 713-3277

Distributor

CC ID: 259877
Date Effective From: 2013
Date Effective To: 2016
Contact (Person): Kanemura, Troy T
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
USA
Email Address: troy.kanemura@noaa.gov
Phone: (808)725-5422
Contact Instructions:

Email preferred

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 197421
Date Effective From: 2013
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): DesRochers, Annette M
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
USA
Email Address: annette.desrochers@noaa.gov
Phone: (808)725-5461
Business Hours: 8 am - 5 pm
Contact Instructions:

Email preferred

Originator

CC ID: 798516
Date Effective From: 2014
Date Effective To: 2017
Contact (Organization): Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Originator

CC ID: 197424
Date Effective From: 2013
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC)
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
USA
Phone: 808-725-5300
URL: http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Point of Contact

CC ID: 909928
Date Effective From: 2020-02
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Kindinger, Tye
Email Address: tye.kindinger@noaa.gov

Point of Contact

CC ID: 197422
Date Effective From: 2013
Date Effective To: 2020-01
Contact (Person): Williams, Ivor D
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
USA
Email Address: ivor.williams@noaa.gov
Phone: (808)725-5427
Contact Instructions:

Email preferred

Extents

Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Description:

Hawaiian Archipelago including the main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 348758
W° Bound: -160.251
E° Bound: -154.806
N° Bound: 22.219
S° Bound: 18.919
Description

Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI), including Hawaii, Kahoolawe, Kauai, Maui, Oahu, Molokai, Niihau, and Lanai.

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 2

CC ID: 348759
W° Bound: -178.38433008
E° Bound: -166.0507559
N° Bound: 28.459465
S° Bound: 23.624255
Description

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI), including French Frigate Shoals, Kure, Laysan, Lisianski, Maro, Midway, and Pearl & Hermes Reef.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 356594
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2016-09-01
End: 2016-09-27
Alternate Start As Of Info: HA1606
Description:

NWHI RAMP 2016

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 2

CC ID: 356593
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2016-07-13
End: 2016-08-23
Alternate Start As Of Info: HA16006
Description:

MHI RAMP 2016

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 3

CC ID: 348760
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2013-10-01
End: 2013-10-31
Alternate Start As Of Info: SB1320
Description:

MHI RAMP 2013, Shore-based surveys on Oahu

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 4

CC ID: 348761
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2013-08-02
End: 2013-08-23
Alternate Start As Of Info: HA1304
Description:

MHI RAMP 2013

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 5

CC ID: 348788
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2015-06-15
End: 2015-07-03
Alternate Start As Of Info: HA1503
Description:

MHI Reef Fish 2015 mission

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 6

CC ID: 348789
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2013-09-18
Alternate Start As Of Info: HA1305
Description:

One day of surveys in at Oahu following NWHI RAMP 2013

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 7

CC ID: 349066
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2015-07-28
End: 2015-08-13
Alternate Start As Of Info: MP1514
Description:

MHI Reef Fish 2015 shore-based extension

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 8

CC ID: 798230
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2015-07-30
End: 2015-08-21
Alternate Start As Of Info: HA1505
Description:

Reef fish surveys conducted as part of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument led RAMP cruise to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in 2015, including French Frigate Shoals, Kure, Laysan, Lisianski, Maro, Midway, and Pearl & Hermes Reef.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 9

CC ID: 798231
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2014-08-14
End: 2014-08-26
Alternate Start As Of Info: HA1404
Description:

Reef fish surveys conducted as part of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument led RAMP cruise to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in 2014, including French Frigate Shoals, Lisianski, and Midway.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 10

CC ID: 798229
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2017-09-09
End: 2017-09-27
Alternate Start As Of Info: HA1704
Description:

Reef fish surveys conducted as part of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument led RAMP cruise to the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in 2017, including French Frigate Shoals, Kure, Laysan, Lisianski, Midway, and Pearl & Hermes Reef.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 11

CC ID: 905648
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2019-04-21
End: 2019-10-31
Description:

MHI RAMP 2019 (SE1902), Shore-based surveys on Oahu (SB1910)

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Security Classification System:

Not applicable

Security Handling Description:

Not applicable

Data Access Policy:

NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Program (CREP) Data Sharing Recommendations, version 9.0 updated August 12, 2015:

CREP welcomes the opportunity to collaborate on research issues contributing to the scientific basis for better management of marine ecosystems. CREP has a very diverse set of field activities that generates large volumes of data using an array of data collection protocols.

The following recommendations are for your consideration as you use this data:

1) Data analyses should take all field exigencies into account. The most effective way to do this would be active collaboration with CREP principal investigators.

2) In all presentations, product releases, or publications using data generated by CREP, proper acknowledgement of both CREP and the individuals responsible for data collection is expected. Citing the DOI (if available) is preferred, a non-DOI example is listed below.

3) If you collect or generate data for the same study areas, CREP requests that you share relevant information on complimentary data collections.

4) Those receiving data are strongly urged to inform the CREP Data Management Team of any errors and discrepancies that are discovered during the course of using these data. They are further urged to bring to the attention of the Team all problems and difficulties encountered in using these data. This information is necessary in order to improve the collections and to facilitate more efficient and economical data processing and retrieval. The users are asked to supply copies of any missing data that may be located, and to provide information as to significant subsets and special aggregations of data that are developed in using the material provided.

Example citation:

"This publication makes use of data products provided by the Ecosystem Sciences Division (ESD), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with funding support from the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), and the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC). The analysis and interpretations presented here are solely that of the current authors.”

Data Access Procedure:

Data can be accessed online via the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) Ocean Archive.

Data Access Constraints:

None

Data Use Constraints:

Please cite NOAA Fisheries Ecosystem Sciences Division when using the data.

Suggested citation:

Ecosystem Sciences Division; Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, 2020: National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Stratified Random Surveys (StRS) of Reef Fish, including Benthic Estimate Data of the Hawaiian Archipelago from 2013 to 2019, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/24447.

Metadata Access Constraints:

None

Metadata Use Constraints:

None

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 905649
Start Date: 2020-07-01
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0210958
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: V0_FISH_REA HAWAII 2019.csv
Description:

Observations from stationary point count surveys of coral reef fishes by the NOAA Fisheries, Ecosystem Sciences Division (ESD) conducted around the main Hawaiian Islands (SE1902 and SB1910) in 2019.

File Date/Time: 2020-06-09 00:00:00
File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
File Size: 8.57 MB
Compression: Uncompressed

Distribution 2

CC ID: 904255
Start Date: 2020-01-08
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://mapper.obis.org/?datasetid=2ae2a2bd-8412-405b-8a9f-b71adc41d4c5
Distributor: Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) (2020-01-08 - Present)
File Name: ncrmp_nspc_fish_pacific
Description:

Data have been translated by a third party to Darwin Core format and served via the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) Data Access portal:

OBIS Dataset Title: NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Ecosystem Sciences Division, National Coral Reef Monitoring Program: Stratified random surveys (StRS) of reef fish in the U.S. Pacific Islands.

Years: 2007-2019

DOI: 10.15468/tk1hwm

OBIS Dataset ID: 2ae2a2bd-8412-405b-8a9f-b71adc41d4c5

OBIS provides a portal or gateway to many datasets containing information on where and when marine species have been recorded. The datasets are integrated so you can search them all seamlessly by species name, higher taxonomic level, geographic area, depth, and time; and then map and find environmental data related to the locations. There are several ways to access OBIS data: (1) Mapper, (2) API, and (3) R package. The mapper allows you to visualize and inspect subsets of OBIS data. A variety of filters (taxonomic, geographic, time, data quality) is available and multiple layers can be combined in a single view. Layers can be downloaded as CSV files. Developers can access data through the OBIS API or the R package.

File Date/Time: 2019-10-15 00:00:00
File Type: Darwin Core Archive

Distribution 3

CC ID: 886712
Start Date: 2019-11-19
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0157633
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: PIFSC_DR-19-039_2019_DataReport_Fish.pdf
Description:

McCoy K, Asher J, Ayotte P, Gray A, Kindinger T, Williams I. 2019. Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program Data Report Ecological monitoring 2019---Reef fishes and benthic habitats of the main Hawaiian Islands. Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Data Report, DR-19-039, 41 p. https://doi.org/10.25923/he4m-6n68.

File Date/Time: 2019-11-05 00:00:00
File Type: PDF

Distribution 4

CC ID: 886726
Start Date: 2019-09-26
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/erddap/tabledap/CRCP_Reef_Fish_Surveys_Hawaii.html
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: CRCP_Reef_Fish_Surveys_Hawaii.html
Description:

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) ERDDAP web service for reef fish data from stratified random surveys conducted by the PIFSC Ecosystem Sciences Division (ESD) during ESD-led NOAA National Coral Reef Monitoring Program missions to the Hawaiian Archipelago since 2013.

ERDDAP acts as a middleman between you and various remote data servers. ERDDAP offers an easy-to-use, consistent way to request data: via the OPeNDAP standard. Many datasets can also be accessed via ERDDAP's Web Map Service (WMS). ERDDAP returns data in the common file format of your choice. ERDDAP offers all data as .html table, ESRI .asc and .csv, Google Earth .kml, OPeNDAP binary, .mat, .nc, ODV .txt, .csv, .tsv, .json, and .xhtml. ERDDAP can also return a .png or .pdf image with a customized graph or map. ERDDAP also has web pages (for humans with browsers) and RESTful web services (for computer programs).

File Type: ERDDAP Data Server

Distribution 5

CC ID: 799015
Start Date: 2018-12-17
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0157633
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: PIFSC_DR-18-008_2017_DataReport_Fish.pdf
Description:

Pacific Reef Assessment Monitoring Program data report. Ecological monitoring 2017--reef fishes and benthic habitats of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Remote Islands, Marine National Monument, and the Mariana archipelago. Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Data Report, DR-18-008, 74 p. doi:10.7289/V5/DR-PIFSC-18-008.

File Date/Time: 2018-04-24 00:00:00
File Type: PDF

Distribution 6

CC ID: 798234
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End Date: Present
Download URL: http://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0181481
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: V0_FISH_REA HAWAII 2014_PMNM.csv
Description:

Observations from stationary point count surveys of coral reef fishes by the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument conducted around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (HA1404) in 2014.

File Date/Time: 2018-11-08 00:00:00
File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
File Size: 3.24 MB
Compression: Uncompressed

Distribution 7

CC ID: 798233
Start Date: 2018-12-07
End Date: Present
Download URL: http://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0181482
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: V0_FISH_REA HAWAII 2015_PMNM.csv
Description:

Observations from stationary point count surveys of coral reef fishes by the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument conducted around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (HA1505) in 2015.

File Date/Time: 2018-11-08 00:00:00
File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
File Size: 4.47 MB
Compression: Uncompressed

Distribution 8

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Start Date: 2018-12-07
End Date: Present
Download URL: http://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0181483
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: V0_FISH_REA HAWAII 2017_PMNM.csv
Description:

Observations from stationary point count surveys of coral reef fishes by the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument conducted around the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (HA1704) in 2017.

File Date/Time: 2018-11-09 00:00:00
File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
File Size: 4.64 MB
Compression: Uncompressed

Distribution 9

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Start Date: 2018-09-05
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0157633
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: PIFSC_DR-13-016_2013_FishBrief_MHI.pdf
Description:

Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program. Fish Monitoring Brief: main Hawaiian Islands 2013. PIFSC Data Report DR-13-016. http://dx.doi.org/10.7289/V5MW2F4K

File Date/Time: 2013-08-28 00:00:00
File Type: PDF

Distribution 10

CC ID: 798792
Start Date: 2018-09-05
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0157633
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: PIFSC_DR-15-017_2015_FishBrief_MHI.pdf
Description:

Reef fish surveys Main Hawaiian Islands 2015. PIFSC Data Report DR-15-017. http://dx.doi.org/10.7289/V59P2ZM6

File Date/Time: 2015-07-16 00:00:00
File Type: PDF

Distribution 11

CC ID: 798793
Start Date: 2018-09-05
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0157633
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: PIFSC_DR-16-053_2016_FishBrief_MHI.pdf
Description:

Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program. Fish Monitoring Brief: main Hawaiian Islands, 2016. PIFSC Data Report DR-16-053. http://dx.doi.org/10.7289/V5/DR-PIFSC-16-053

File Date/Time: 2016-11-21 00:00:00
File Type: PDF

Distribution 12

CC ID: 798794
Start Date: 2018-09-05
End Date: Present
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Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: PIFSC_DR-17-030_2016_FishBrief_NWHI.pdf
Description:

Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program. Fish Monitoring Brief: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, 2016. PIFSC Data Report DR-17-030. https://doi.org/10.7289/V5/DR-PIFSC-17-030

File Date/Time: 2017-07-21 00:00:00
File Type: PDF

Distribution 13

CC ID: 197425
Start Date: 2017-02-02
End Date: Present
Download URL: http://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0157589
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: V0_FISH_REA HAWAII 2013.csv
Description:

Observations from stationary point count surveys of coral reef fishes by the NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Program (CREP) conducted around the Main Hawaiian Islands (HA1304, HA1305, SB1320) in 2013.

File Date/Time: 2016-12-14 00:00:00
File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
File Size: 7 MB
Compression: Uncompressed

Distribution 14

CC ID: 356595
Start Date: 2017-02-02
End Date: Present
Download URL: http://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0157590
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: V0_FISH_REA HAWAII 2016.csv
Description:

Observations from stationary point count surveys of coral reef fishes by the NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Program (CREP) conducted around the main Hawaiian Islands and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (HA1606) in 2016.

File Date/Time: 2016-12-14 00:00:00
File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
File Size: 13.2 MB
Compression: Uncompressed

Distribution 15

CC ID: 349175
Start Date: 2017-02-02
End Date: Present
Download URL: http://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0157591
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: V0_FISH_REA HAWAII 2015.csv
Description:

Observations from stationary point count surveys of coral reef fishes conducted on open circuit by the NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Program (CREP) around the Main Hawaiian Islands (HA1503 and MP1514) in 2015.

File Date/Time: 2016-12-14 00:00:00
File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
File Size: 8.51 MB
Compression: Uncompressed

Distribution 16

CC ID: 798674
Start Date: 2017-01-24
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0157633
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: PIFSC_DR-17-001_2016_DataReport_Fish.pdf
Description:

Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program Data Report. Ecological monitoring 2016-----reef fishes and benthic habitats of the main Hawaiian Islands, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Remote Island Areas, and American Samoa. PIFSC Data Report DR-17-001. https://doi.org/10.7289/v5/dr-pifsc-17-001

File Date/Time: 2017-01-13 00:00:00
File Type: PDF

Distribution 17

CC ID: 347045
Start Date: 2016-12-21
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0157633
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: PIFSC_DR-14-003_2012-2013_DataReport_Fish.pdf
Description:

Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program Data Report: Ecological monitoring 2012-2013---reef fishes and benthic habitats of the main Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, and Pacific Remote Island Areas. PIFSC Data Report DR-14-003, https://doi.org/10.7289/v55h7d81

File Date/Time: 2014-04-01 00:00:00
File Type: PDF

Distribution 18

CC ID: 798616
Start Date: 2016-12-21
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0157633
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: PIFSC_DR-15-001_2014_DataReport_Fish.pdf
Description:

Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program. Data report : ecological monitoring 2014 : stationary point count surveys of reef fishes and benthic habitats of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Mariana Islands, and Wake Atoll. PIFSC Data Report 15-001. doi:10.7289/V5GT5K6B

File Date/Time: 2015-02-13 00:00:00
File Type: PDF

Distribution 19

CC ID: 347050
Start Date: 2016-12-21
End Date: Present
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Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: PIFSC_DR-16-002_2015_DataReport_Fish.pdf
Description:

Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program Data Report: Ecological monitoring 2015---reef fishes and benthic habitats of the main Hawaiian Islands, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Remote Island Areas, and American Samoa. PIFSC Data Report DR-16-002. doi:10.7289/V5G73BQJ

File Date/Time: 2016-03-04 00:00:00
File Type: PDF

Distribution 20

CC ID: 259955
Start Date: 2016-12-21
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://accession.nodc.noaa.gov/0157633
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: PIFSC_H-15-07_2015_SOP_Fish.pdf
Description:

NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Program standard operating procedures: collection for Rapid Ecological Assessment fish surveys. PIFSC Administrative Report H-15-07, https://doi.org/10.7289/v5sn06zt

File Date/Time: 2015-12-15 00:00:00
File Type: PDF

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 197427
URL: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/pacific-islands/ecosystems/coral-reefs-pacific
Name: Coral Reefs in the Pacific
URL Type:
Online Resource
Description:

NOAA Fisheries, Pacific Islands website.

URL 2

CC ID: 259948
URL: http://www.coris.noaa.gov/monitoring/
Name: National Coral Reef Monitoring Program
URL Type:
Online Resource
Description:

NOAA National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) website.

URL 3

CC ID: 259950
URL: http://origin-apps-pifsc.fisheries.noaa.gov/cred/img/diver_counting_fish_using_spc_sm.jpg
Name: Diver counting coral reef fishes using the SPC method.
URL Type:
Browse Graphic
File Resource Format: JPG

URL 4

CC ID: 798235
URL: https://www.papahanaumokuakea.gov/
Name: Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
URL Type:
Online Resource
Description:

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument website

Technical Environment

Description:

PIFSC Oracle database view: V0_FISH_REA

Data Quality

Accuracy:

Observations at each site were made by divers who have been trained, and met minimum standards in identifying species present at the survey locations and in estimating size of fishes in survey counts. However, all species identifications are made visually, sometimes in situations where a fish is only briefly seen. Visual estimates of benthic cover are useful as broad indication of the reef benthic assemblages present at each survey site, but there is considerable scope for error in rapid diver estimates of this kind.

Completeness Report:

Only shallow water (0 to 30 meter depth range) hard-bottom habitats are surveyed. The survey sites were randomly selected using a systematic process based on available habitat and bathymetric data. Although efforts are made to include broad spatial coverage of surveys at each island, weather conditions and other environmental constraints may have prevented the team from surveying exposed reef areas.

Conceptual Consistency:

The same methods of data collection are used at each surveyed site, and periodic examination of the data is conducted throughout each mission to check for diver bias or other discrepancies.

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Observations, including species identification and sizing, are periodically checked during expeditions for consistency between divers. Data entry is usually conducted on the same day as the surveys using a data entry interface with several data controls employed, and are quality controlled by the divers using a two-person system. Following a mission, the data is then run through rigorous quality control checks by the data management team before the data are migrated to the Oracle database. Given the size of the data set, there remains some possibility of typographical or other errors.

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: Yes
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: Unknown
Do these Data Comply with the Data Access Directive?: Yes
Is Access to the Data Limited Based on an Approved Waiver?: No
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: Unknown
Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: NCEI-MD
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: Unknown
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

NOAA IRC and NOAA Fisheries ITS resources and assets.

Lineage

Lineage Statement:

Stationary Point Count survey of coral reef fish methodology, employed by the NOAA Fisheries Ecosystem Sciences Division (ESD) and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument since 2007.

Sources

Ayotte, P., K. McCoy, A. Heenan, I. Williams, and J. Zamzow. 2015. Coral Reef Ecosystem Division standard operating procedures: data collection for Rapid Ecological Assessment fish surveys. Pacific Islands Fish. Sci. Cent., Natl. Mar. Fish. Serv., NOAA, Honolulu, HI 96818-5007. Pacific Islands Fish. Sci. Cent. Admin. Rep. H-15-07, 33 p.

CC ID: 259953
Contact Role Type: Publisher
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC
Publish Date: 2015-12-21
Citation URL: https://doi.org/10.7289/v5sn06zt
Citation URL Name: NOAA Institutional Repository
Source Contribution:

Survey protocol

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 259952
Description:

For the current NOAA Fisheries Ecosystem Sciences Division and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument stationary point count (SPC) method, pairs of divers record the number, size, and species of all fishes observed within visually estimated cylinders 15 meters (m) in diameter. At the start of a survey dive, a pair of divers first lay down a 30-m transect line along a predetermined depth contour, and then the two divers move to the 7.5- and 22.5-m marks on that line; these marks serve as the centers of two adjacent SPC cylinders. During the first 5 minutes of a survey, the divers create a list of the fish species observed in or passing through their cylinder. After the first 5 minutes, divers systematically proceed down their species lists, counting and estimating the size (total length, or TL) of each fish present to the nearest centimeter. Species seen after the 5 minutes or outside of the survey area are recorded as present. On completing the fish count, divers make rapid visual estimates of benthic cover and structural complexity of the substrate within their survey cylinder. Benthic cover is estimated for broad functional groups (e.g., hard coral, sand, macroalgae). Structural complexity is determined by estimating the amount of the cylinder within 5 substrate-height bins (<20 cm, 20-50 cm; 50-100 cm; 100-150 cm, and >150 cm). Upon completion of the fish survey, photographs of the benthos are captured at 1-m intervals along the 30-m transect line (30 photographs per site) using a 1-m PVC stick to position the camera directly above the substrate.

Process Contact: Gray, Andrew E
Email Address: andrew.e.gray@noaa.gov
Source: Ayotte, P., K. McCoy, A. Heenan, I. Williams, and J. Zamzow. 2015. Coral Reef Ecosystem Division standard operating procedures: data collection for Rapid Ecological Assessment fish surveys. Pacific Islands Fish. Sci. Cent., Natl. Mar. Fish. Serv., NOAA, Honolulu, HI 96818-5007. Pacific Islands Fish. Sci. Cent. Admin. Rep. H-15-07, 33 p.

Acquisition Information

Instruments

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Platforms

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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 24447
Metadata Record Created By: Annette M DesRochers
Metadata Record Created: 2015-04-15 22:38+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2020-08-03 16:13+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2020-06-18
Owner Org: PIFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
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Metadata Next Review Date: 2021-06-19