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Title: Benthic Assessment Protocols for the Atlantic Region: U.S. Caribbean, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico: 2018
Short Name: Protocols 2018 Benthic Assessments
Status: Completed
Revision Date: 2018-04-05
Publication Date: 2020
Abstract:

The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) provides a biennial 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). Data collection occurs at stratified random sites where the sampling domain for each region (e.g., Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary [FGBNMS]) is partitioned by habitat type and depth, sub-regional location (e.g., along-shelf position) and management zone. NCRMP will provide broader geographic context to supplement local monitoring efforts and studies of tropical reef ecosystems. Line point-intercept (LPI) sampling, the main component of the Benthic Assessment protocols, provides benthic cover estimates for ecologically important cover types/groups (e.g., macroalgae, turf algae, crustose coralline algae, corals, sponges, sand/sediment, etc.). This method is complementary to the NCRMP Coral Demographics sampling method that collects detailed information on scleractinian corals, including density, size and condition (percent mortality and bleaching) measurements

Purpose:

To describe protocols for Benthic Assessment Surveys

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Distributor

CC ID: 1122949
Date Effective From: 2020
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

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CC ID: 1122950
Start Date: 2020
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/archive/arc0151/0208322/1.1/data/0-data/NCRMP_Florida_2018_Benthics/NCRMP_Florida_2018_Benthics/Data_Documentation/Protocols/NCRMP_BenthicAssessment_Protocols_2018.pdf
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2020 - Present)
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Catalog Item ID: 66501
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:66501
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2022-01-26 07:05+0000
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Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2022-02-28
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Metadata Last Review Date: 2022-02-28
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2023-02-28