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The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) is a broad-spatial snapshot for reef condition (i.e., fish species composition/density/size, benthic cover, and coral density/size/condition) to provide context for local-scale studies of tropical reef ecosystems. Data collection will occur at stratified random sites where the sampling domain for each region (e.g., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), Flower Garden Banks (FGB) and Florida) 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 aLine 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 (Refer to Coral Demographic Survey Protocol for the Atlantic Region: U.S. Caribbean, Florida and Gulf of Mexico: 2019).

As a result of NCRMP standardization throughout the project's regions (e.g. Florida and Pacific regions), the protocols previously known as the LPI Survey Protocols have been renamed to Benthic Assessment Protocols. Most notably, changes to the document format and sections have been re-formatted to identify the four main components of the Benthic Assessment protocols. Specific differences in methodologies between regions, where applicable, are noted within the protocols and studies of tropical reef ecosystems.

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Acrobat Portable Document Format

Publication Date
2020

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National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD)
(301) 713-3277

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Title: NCRMP_BenthicAssessment_Protocols_2019.pdf
Status: Completed
Creation Date: Unknown
Revision Date: Unknown
Publication Date: 2020
Abstract:

The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) is a broad-spatial snapshot for reef condition (i.e., fish species composition/density/size, benthic cover, and coral density/size/condition) to provide context for local-scale studies of tropical reef ecosystems. Data collection will occur at stratified random sites where the sampling domain for each region (e.g., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), Flower Garden Banks (FGB) and Florida) 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 aLine 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 (Refer to Coral Demographic Survey Protocol for the Atlantic Region: U.S. Caribbean, Florida and Gulf of Mexico: 2019).

As a result of NCRMP standardization throughout the project's regions (e.g. Florida and Pacific regions), the protocols previously known as the LPI Survey Protocols have been renamed to Benthic Assessment Protocols. Most notably, changes to the document format and sections have been re-formatted to identify the four main components of the Benthic Assessment protocols. Specific differences in methodologies between regions, where applicable, are noted within the protocols and studies of tropical reef ecosystems.

Purpose:

This protocol includes an overview of the field methodology, including pre-dive, site orientation, and the coral demographics survey, as well as an overview of data accessibility and use.

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Organization: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland
City: Silver Spring
State/Province: MD

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Document Type: Documentation
Format: Acrobat Portable Document Format
Status Code: Published

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CC ID: 1276377
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: 1276378
Start Date: 2020
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/archive/accession/0215460/2.2/data/0-data/NCRMP_USVI_2019_Benthics/NCRMP_USVI_2019_Benthics/Documentation/NCRMP_BenthicAssessment_Protocols_2019.pdf
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2020 - Present)
File Name: NCRMP_BenthicAssessment_Protocols_2019.pdf
File Date/Time: 2020-03-04 13:42:00
File Type (Deprecated): PDF
Distribution Format: PDF - Adobe Portable Document Format
File Size: 4.5Mb

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Catalog Item ID: 71101
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:71101
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2023-10-12 21:26+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-10-17 16:12+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2023-10-12
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
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Metadata Last Review Date: 2023-10-12
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2024-10-12