Data Management Plan
DMP Template v2.0.1 (2015-01-01)Please provide the following information, and submit to the NOAA DM Plan Repository.
Reference to Master DM Plan (if applicable)
As stated in Section IV, Requirement 1.3, DM Plans may be hierarchical. If this DM Plan inherits provisions from a higher-level DM Plan already submitted to the Repository, then this more-specific Plan only needs to provide information that differs from what was provided in the Master DM Plan.
1. General Description of Data to be Managed
The data described here result from parent colony fragmentation collection and the monitoring of the fragment growth in the coral nursery through the Saipan Coral Nursery Pilot Project (SCNPP). Parent colony survey data includes genus and species identification, collection site information including: latitude, longitude, reef name, reef zone, depth, and tag number.
Fragment growth data from the nursery includes: the nursery identifier, parent colony identifier, fragment code, genus and species name, presence/absence, and growth data.
Scoping surveys were conducted at potential parent colony collection sites around Saipan to confirm the presence of healthy target coral species for collection. Surveys were conducted in both Forereef and Lagoon reef types. Fragments were collected using an appropriate cutting tool from parent colonies of five target coral species including: Acropora. pulchra, A. globiceps, A. aspera, A. abrotanoides, and A. muricata. Wild abundance and nursery capacity determined the number of parent colonies collected for each species.
Coral fragments were, and continue to be measured by following a three-dimensional survey design, tagged with a unique identifier, and transported immediately to the nursery site where they are attached to the nursery structures using monofilament fishing line. Each nursery tree has a PVC backbone with 10 fiberglass arms, each containing 10 holes, holding a total of 100 corals per tree with monofilament line. The trees are secured to the sea floor by duckbill anchors.
All nursery fragments are monitored for growth, survival and health status through measurement utilizing athree-dimensional survey design and visual surveys. All parent colonies are surveyed at least once after fragment collection to assess the healing process.
The data from the Saipan Coral Nursery Pilot Project can be accessed online via the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) Ocean Archive.
Notes: Only a maximum of 4000 characters will be included.
Notes: Data collection is considered ongoing if a time frame of type "Continuous" exists.
Notes: All time frames from all extent groups are included.
The Saipan Coral Nursery - ID: SCN_01 in the dataW: 145.68493, E: 145.79035, N: 15.27333, S: 15.10417
Parent colony fragmentation sites area
Notes: All geographic areas from all extent groups are included.
(e.g., digital numeric data, imagery, photographs, video, audio, database, tabular data, etc.)
(e.g., satellite, airplane, unmanned aerial system, radar, weather station, moored buoy, research vessel, autonomous underwater vehicle, animal tagging, manual surveys, enforcement activities, numerical model, etc.)
2. Point of Contact for this Data Management Plan (author or maintainer)
Notes: The name of the Person of the most recent Support Role of type "Metadata Contact" is used. The support role must be in effect.
Notes: The name of the Organization of the most recent Support Role of type "Metadata Contact" is used. This field is required if applicable.
3. Responsible Party for Data Management
Program Managers, or their designee, shall be responsible for assuring the proper management of the data produced by their Program. Please indicate the responsible party below.
Notes: The name of the Person of the most recent Support Role of type "Data Steward" is used. The support role must be in effect.
Programs must identify resources within their own budget for managing the data they produce.
5. Data Lineage and Quality
NOAA has issued Information Quality Guidelines for ensuring and maximizing the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information which it disseminates.
(describe or provide URL of description):
The parent colony fragmentation methodology and coral fragment growth monitoring three-dimensional survey method, employed by the Saipan Coral Nursery Pilot Project team since 2019.
- Fragmentation of Parent Colonies Using existing data on habitat type, coral cover, and community composition, we first developed maps of likely collection sites for staghorn corals within the Saipan lagoon and along the shallow forereefs of Saipan. Based on these data and maps, we conducted approximately 10 scoping surveys at potential collection sites to confirm the presence of suitable colonies of target species for collection. Fragment were then collected from parent colonies from 16 A. pulchra, eight A. globiceps, eight (putative) A. aspera, four A. abrotanoides, and four A. muricata parent colonies. The number of parent colonies collected for each species was dictated by abundance in the environment (i.e., ability to find colonies across collection sites) and nursery capacity. To capture as much of the local genetic diversity as possible, fragments were collected from parent colonies from 12 geographically disparate sites around Saipan. During collections, we took precautions to minimize potential negative impacts on wild populations, collected fragments, and reef habitat, by adhering to procedures based on best management practices developed over the last ten years in the Caribbean and Atlantic. Only healthy, “adult” (>10 cm diameter) colonies were selected as donors. Corals with any sign of disease, predation, or other ongoing stress, were not fragmented. No more than 10% of any individual parent colony was collected and fragments were collectured using an appropriate cutting tool for the size and shape of branch (e.g. wire cutters, small shears, chisel, etc.). Cuts were made as cleanly as possible to promote rapid lesion healing and recovery and fragments are cut between 3 cm to 5 cm in length. All parent colonies were tagged for future monitoring to assess impacts of fragmentation on parent colonies. Each parent colony is monitored post-sampling at least one time to assess health.
- The Coral Nursery and Fragment Growth Monitoring After sampling the coral fragments from the parent colony, each fragment is immediately measured, tagged with a unique identifier, and transported immediately to the nursery site where they are attached to the nursery structures using monofilament fishing line. During transport, the fragments are kept submerged in seawater and protected from direct sunlight to maintain temperature and minimize stress. Three colony dimensions are measured: length (L; maximum colony diameter), width (W; maximum diameter perpendicular to the length axis), and height (H; maximum diameter of the plane perpendicular to the L/W plane). Individual branch lengths are measured as the length of the branch from the apex to the base, down the center axis of the branch (Johnson et al. 2011). All measurements are taken using a ruler or vernier calipers and recorded to the nearest 0.1 cm. This survey method is conducted initially during fragment sampling from the parent colony and is repeated over time, once the fragment is in the nursery, monitoring for growth, survival, and health status. Each nursery tree has a PVC backbone with 10 fiberglass arms, each containing 10 holes, holding a total of 100 corals per tree with monofilament line. The trees are secured to the sea floor by duckbill anchors. After installation, the nursery trees are cleaned monthly. Wire and plastic brushes are used to scrub algae off of all structures, and monofilaments lines are wiped cleaned with scouring pads or gloves. During each cleaning effort, all structures and hardware are checked thoroughly for any issues or needed repairs or maintenance.
(describe or provide URL of description):
Observers review all data, including metadata, on the day of collection and again at data entry to check for errors. Additional QC procedures are built in to the database and include formatting and value checks to minimize entry of erroneous information. A final check is conducted by the data manager.
6. Data Documentation
The EDMC Data Documentation Procedural Directive requires that NOAA data be well documented, specifies the use of ISO 19115 and related standards for documentation of new data, and provides links to resources and tools for metadata creation and validation.
- 1.7. Data collection method(s)
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7. Data Access
NAO 212-15 states that access to environmental data may only be restricted when distribution is explicitly limited by law, regulation, policy (such as those applicable to personally identifiable information or protected critical infrastructure information or proprietary trade information) or by security requirements. The EDMC Data Access Procedural Directive contains specific guidance, recommends the use of open-standard, interoperable, non-proprietary web services, provides information about resources and tools to enable data access, and includes a Waiver to be submitted to justify any approach other than full, unrestricted public access.
Notes: The name of the Organization of the most recent Support Role of type "Distributor" is used. The support role must be in effect. This information is not required if an approved access waiver exists for this data.
Notes: This field is required if a Distributor has not been specified.
Notes: All URLs listed in the Distribution Info section will be included. This field is required if applicable.
Data can be accessed online via the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) Ocean Archive.
Notes: This field is required if applicable.
8. Data Preservation and Protection
The NOAA Procedure for Scientific Records Appraisal and Archive Approval describes how to identify, appraise and decide what scientific records are to be preserved in a NOAA archive.
(Specify NCEI-MD, NCEI-CO, NCEI-NC, NCEI-MS, World Data Center (WDC) facility, Other, To Be Determined, Unable to Archive, or No Archiving Intended)
Notes: This field is required if archive location is World Data Center or Other.
Notes: This field is required if archive location is To Be Determined, Unable to Archive, or No Archiving Intended.
The CNMI NOAA Field Office
Notes: Physical Location Organization, City and State are required, or a Location Description is required.
Discuss data back-up, disaster recovery/contingency planning, and off-site data storage relevant to the data collection
The data is captured on physical data sheets, then entered into an MS Access database, then data is exported and backed up onto google drive.
9. Additional Line Office or Staff Office Questions
Line and Staff Offices may extend this template by inserting additional questions in this section.