Benthic Assessment Protocols for the Atlantic Region: U.S. Caribbean, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico: 2021.
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NOAA National Coral Reef Monitoring Program
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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 B anks 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, .....
PublisherNOAA, National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP)
Silver Spring, MD
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.a
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Hard coral cover and composition
Flower Garden Banks
CitationNOAA, National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (2021) Benthic Assessment Protocols for the Atlantic Region: U.S. Caribbean, Florida and the Gulf of Mexico: 2021. Silver Spring, MD, NOAA, National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP), 26pp. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25607/obp-1686
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