Short Citation:
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, 2021: American Samoa: coral reef monitoring interactive map and information layers primarily from 2010 surveys, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/25467.

Item Identification

Title: American Samoa: coral reef monitoring interactive map and information layers primarily from 2010 surveys
Short Name: American Samoa: coral reef monitoring interactive map and information layers primarily from 2010 surveys
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2011-12-16
Abstract:

This interactive map displays American Samoa data collected by the NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED) during the Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (RAMP) cruises. The information presented is a combination of standard CRED monitoring summary data and more specific layers generated by request from resource managers and scientists in American Samoa. The fish and benthos data were collected either by rapid ecological assessment (REA) surveys conducted during 2010, or by towed-diver surveys conducted during 2008 and 2010. The map is accompanied by the summary data used to generate the data layers (as excel attachments) and is available in the form of an interactive pdf with layers to make it usable by those without GIS access.

Purpose:

The information layers included in this interactive PDF were initially developed to augment the existing Biogeographic Characterization and Marine Protected Area (MPA) network design analysis conducted by the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). The NCCOS analysis and this product contribute to the Territory's overall goal to protect 20% of the territorial coral reefs as no-take MPAs to protect key coral reef species, and the layers are of particular interest to local resource managers as they are key ecosystem components that affect ecosystem processes, and therefore are essential to design the most effective MPA network.

Notes:

FGDC upload, AMD 2015-06-16

Loaded by FGDC Metadata Uploader, batch 6236, 06-16-2015 11:42

The following FGDC sections are not currently supported in InPort, but were preserved and will be included in the FGDC export:

- Taxonomy (FGDC:taxonomy)

- Spatial Reference Information (FGDC:spref),

Supplemental Information:

Information about the original data collections from CRED's Pacific RAMP cruises to American Samoa in 2008 and 2010 can be found in the NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai's cruise reports on the PIFSC website, and in the metadata records for each survey method, island, and survey year:

Hi'ialakai, Cruise ID HA-08-02, 18 February - 19 March 2008: http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/library/pubs/cruise/Hiialakai/CRHI0802-REB.pdf

Hi'ialakai, Cruise ID HA-10-01, Leg 2, 17 February - 23 March 2010: http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/library/pubs/cruise/Hiialakai/CRHA1001II-KD.pdf

REA 2010 Metadata (surveys conducted 17 February - 21 March 2010: http://www.coris.noaa.gov/geoportal/rest/find/document?searchText=region%3AAmSam%20OR%20region%3A%22American%20Samoa%22%20AND%20CRED%20AND%20Rapid%20AND%20Ecological%20AND%20Assessment%20AND%20Reef%20AND%20Fish%20AND%20Survey%20AND%20American%20AND%20Samoa%20AND%202010%20NOT%20Intercept%20NOT%20Belt&start=1&max=25&f=html&dojo.preventCache=1399414232006

Towed diver 2008 and 2010 Metadata (surveys conducted 18 February - 11 March 2008, and 23 February - 20 March 2010): http://www.coris.noaa.gov/geoportal/rest/find/document?searchText=region%3AAmSam%20OR%20region%3A%22American%20Samoa%22%20AND%20CRED%20AND%20towed%20AND%20diver%20AND%20(2010%20OR%202008)%20NOT%20validation&start=1&max=25&f=html&dojo.preventCache=1399415031833

To use the interactive PDF make sure the layers view is enabled in Adobe Reader: View menu=>Show hide=>Navigation Panes=>Layers, or View menu=>Navigation Panels=>Layers (depending on your version of Adobe Reader).

To view a layer click the box next to the title. It is recommended that only one layer be turned on at a time.

The data is available as an attachment in the PDF: View menu=>Navigation Panels=>Attachments, or View menu=>Show hide=>Navigation Panes=>Attachments.

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus Geographic Information > Biology
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Benthic Habitat
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Reef Habitat
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Habitat > Water Column Habitat
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Ecological Dynamics > Dominance > Indicator Species
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Ecological Dynamics > Species Richness
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Vegetation > Algae
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Vegetation > Algae > Algal Cover
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Vegetation > Algae > Calcareous Macroalgae
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Vegetation > Algae > Coralline Algae
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Vegetation > Algae > Crustose Coralline Algae
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Vegetation > Algae > Encrusting Macroalgae
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Vegetation > Algae > Fleshy Macroalgae
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Vegetation > Algae > Turf Algae
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals
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 > Random swimming
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Zoology > Corals > Reef monitoring and assessment > Reef fish census > Stationary
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Hard Seafloor Substrate
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 > Benthic biology
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 > Habitats
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral Reef Ecology > Hard Coral Cover
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Coral Reef Ecology > OctoCoral Cover
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Coastal Processes > Coral Reefs > Marine Protected Areas
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 > Fish > Fish Census
CRCP Project 20763
CRCP Project AS231 Assessment of key ecosystem components to inform Marine Protected Area design around Tutuila
ISO 19115 Topic Category 002
ISO 19115 Topic Category 007
ISO 19115 Topic Category biota
ISO 19115 Topic Category environment
PARR Exclusion Legacy Data Set
None Benthic Habitat
None Benthic Substrate
None Coral
None Coral Cover
None Coral Reef
None Coralline Algal Cover
None Fish Biomass
None Fish Species Richness
None Grouper
None HA1001
None HI0802
None Large Coral Colony
None Large Fish
None Macroalgal Cover
None Marine Ecosystem
None Parrotfish
None Porites
None Rapid Ecological Assessment (REA)
None Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program (RAMP)
None Reef Fish
None Shark
None Stationary Point Count (SPC) Survey
None Surgeonfish
None Towed Diver Survey

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > American Samoa > American Samoa > American Samoa (14S170W0000)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > American Samoa > American Samoa > Manu'a Islands (14S170W0038)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > American Samoa > American Samoa > Ofu Island (14S169W0013)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > American Samoa > American Samoa > Olosega Island (14S169W0014)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > American Samoa > American Samoa > Rose Atoll (14S168W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > American Samoa > American Samoa > Swains Atoll (11S171W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > American Samoa > American Samoa > Ta'u Island (14S169W0012)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > American Samoa > American Samoa > Tutuila Island (14S170W0016)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > American Samoa > South Bank (14S170W0067)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > American Samoa > American Samoa (14S170W0000)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > American Samoa > Manu'a Islands (14S170W0038)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > American Samoa > Rose Atoll (14S168W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > American Samoa > South Bank (14S170W0067)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > American Samoa > Swains Atoll (11S171W0001)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > American Samoa > Tutuila Island (14S170W0016)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Manu'a Group > Ofu Island (14S169W0013)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Manu'a Group > Olosega Island (14S169W0014)
CoRIS Place Thesaurus OCEAN BASIN > Pacific Ocean > Manu'a Group > Ta'u Island (14S169W0012)
None American Samoa
None Manu'a
None Ofu
None Olosega
None Rose
None South Bank
None Swains
None Tau
None Tutuila

Physical Location

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

IRC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Data Presentation Form: map and spreadsheet
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: Data collection and analysis: Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Funding: NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP)

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 893552
Date Effective From: 2015
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Asher, Jacob M
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
USA
Email Address: jacob.asher@noaa.gov
Phone: (808)725-5456

Distributor

CC ID: 893551
Date Effective From: 2015-06
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:

CoRIS: Coral Reef Information Service

Distributor

CC ID: 205269
Date Effective From: 2010
Date Effective To: 2015-06
Contact (Person): Kanemura, Troy T
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
USA
Email Address: troy.kanemura@noaa.gov
Phone: (808)725-5422

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 205267
Date Effective From: 2015-06-16
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

Originator

CC ID: 205270
Date Effective From: 2015-06-16
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: 205268
Date Effective From: 2015-06-16
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Heenan, Adel
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
USA
Email Address: adel.heenan@noaa.gov
Phone: (808)725-5441

Extents

Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 205266
W° Bound: -171.094
E° Bound: -168.137
N° Bound: -11.045
S° Bound: -14.911
Description

Survey sites randomly located in shallow (< 30 meters) coral reef habitats around the islands and atolls of American Samoa including Tutuila, Ofu and Olosega, Ta'u, Swains, and Rose, as well as South Bank located ~70 km south of Tutuila.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 205265
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2008-02-18
End: 2010-03-21

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Security Handling Description:

Not applicable

Data Access Constraints:

None

Data Use Constraints:

Please acknowledge the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division as the source of this information; Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 205271
Download URL: http://data.nodc.noaa.gov/coris/data/NOAA/nmfs/pifsc/cred/american_samoa_map/American_Samoa_CRED_monitoring_interactive_map.pdf
Distributor: NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) (CRCP) (2015-06 - Present)
File Name: American_Samoa_CRED_monitoring_interactive_map.pdf
File Type: PDF

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 205274
URL: http://data.nodc.noaa.gov/coris/data/NOAA/nmfs/pifsc/cred/american_samoa_map/American_Samoa_CRED_monitoring_interactive_map.jpg
Name: Sample Map Layer
URL Type:
Browse Graphic
File Resource Format: jpeg
Description:

Location of 2010 CRED fish rapid ecological assessment survey sites.

Technical Environment

Description:

Adobe Acrobat PDF with layers and attached excel files.

Data Quality

Completeness Report:

Only hard-bottom habitats from 0 to 30 meters are surveyed due to NOAA diving restrictions. The survey sites were randomly selected using a systematic process based on available habitat and bathymetric data. However, although efforts are made to include broad spatial coverage, weather conditions and other environmental constraints may have prevented the team from surveying exposed reef areas.

Conceptual Consistency:

The same methods of data collection were used at each of the sites surveyed at this location, and scientists/divers are required to complete training and pass identification examinations prior to conducting surveys. Divers typically enter their data into a database and perform quality assurance and control checks on the same day the data were collected. Data are examined for diver bias, outliers, and other discrepancies. Following a mission, data are processed, run through a series of validation checks, and then migrated into CREDs master database.

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: Other
If World Data Center or Other, Specify: NOAA Coral Reef Information Service
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?:

n/a

Lineage

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 205276
Description:

Unless specified as towed survey data, all data presented were collected by rapid ecological assessments during the NOAA CRED cruise to American Samoa in 2010. Using CRED habitat and bathymetric maps, survey sites (< 30m in depth) on hard-bottomed habitat were selected using a random, depth stratified design. At each site, the fish assemblage was surveyed using a stationary point count (SPC) method. Details of the method are available (see Ault et al. 2006, Williams et al. 2011, Ayotte et al. 2011 [http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/library/pubs/admin/PIFSC_Admin_Rep_11-08.pdf]), but in brief, for each survey a pair of divers record the number, size and species of all fishes observed within adjacent visually estimated 15m-diameter cylinders. Fish abundance and size data were used to calculate fish biomass using species-specific length-weight conversion factors. Those factors and the formula used to generate weight estimates are available in Heenan et al. 2014 (http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/library/pubs/DR-14-003.pdf).

At each site, a photo-transect was collected spanning the diameters of the adjacent SPC cylinder (30 photos at each site). These photos were then used to estimate planar percentage cover of benthic substrates using the point count method in Coral Point Count (CPCe [http://www.nova.edu/ocean/cpce/], a freely available tool, Kohler et al. 2006).

Towed diver surveys involve a small boat towing two SCUBA divers. The divers work as a benthic and fish pair, with the fish diver recording the species, number, size and time in the survey, when large-bodied (>50 cm total length) reef fish are observed. The tow-track, together with a layback algorithm, and the time of observation are then used to estimate the geographic coordinates of sightings. This method supplements the SPC surveys by allowing for coverage of large areas of habitat that are necessary to adequately sample the generally rare and or clumped large-bodied reef fish species that are not well captured by small-scale comprehensive surveys (Richards et al. 2011). The fish data presented here were collected during towed surveys conducted during the NOAA-CRED 2010 cruise. Finally, towed benthic data collected during the 2008 cruise is also presented, as that was deemed the best information CRED has on the location of large coral colonies (> 2 m in diameter), which were noted by the towed-benthic divers during that cruise.

Process Date/Time: 2011-12-16 00:00:00

Acquisition Information

Instruments

Instrument Unavailable Reason: Not Applicable

Platforms

Platform Unavailable Reason: Not Applicable

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

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Entity (ENT) map_REA_data.xslx
Entity (ENT) map_TOW_data.xslx

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 25467
Metadata Record Created By: Annette M DesRochers
Metadata Record Created: 2015-06-16 11:42+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Annette M DesRochers
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2020-01-13 16:45+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2020-01-13
Owner Org: PIFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2021-01-13