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Title: Coral Demographics Survey Protocol 2015 for the U.S. Caribbean and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Status: Completed
Revision Date: 2015-06-02

The goal of the coral demographic surveys is to collect and report information on species composition, density, size, abundance, and specific parameters of condition (% live vs. dead and bleaching) of non-juvenile scleractinian corals (> 4 cm maximum diameter), and of overall species diversity (all corals) using 10m x 1m belt transects in a stratified random sampling design in hard-bottom and coral reef habitats in the U.S. Atlantic and Caribbean


This coral demographics protocol was devised to provide additional, species-specific insight (and 'signal magnitude') for corals than is provided by percent cover. Specifics of the protocol are based closely on other long-established monitoring programs in the Atlantic region, including AGRRA (Caribbean-wide), SCREAM (Florida), and FRRP (Florida). However, the sampling resolution may not capture the population structure of rare or uncommon corals, including currently listed or candidate ESA species

Support Roles


CC ID: 1273698
Date Effective From: 2021
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

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 1273699
Start Date: 2021
End Date: Present
Download URL:
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2021 - Present)
File Name: NCRMP_CaribGOM_Protocol_Benthic_CoralDemographic_2015.pdf
File Date/Time: 2015-06-02 18:25:00
File Type (Deprecated): PDF
Distribution Format: PDF - Adobe Portable Document Format
File Size: 849K

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 70890
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:70890
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2023-09-22 14:56+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-10-17 16:12+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2023-09-22
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2023-09-14
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2024-09-14