Data Set (knb-lter-mcr.6.55)

MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Long-term Population and Community Dynamics: Fishes, ongoing since 2005

  Summary and Data Links People and Organizations Temporal, Geographic and Taxonomic Coverage Methods and Protocols  
Data Set General Information:
Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.6.55 (in the knb Catalog System)
Alternate Identifier: 10.6073/pasta/4541694f7928bc7f0d8b604ff9936a81
Alternate Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.6

These data describe the species abundance and size distributions of fishes surveyed as part of MCR LTER's annual reef fish monitoring program. This study began in 2005 and the dataset is updated annually. The abundances of all mobile taxa of fishes (Scarids, Labrids, Acanthurids, Serranids, etc.) observed on a five by fifty meter transect which extends from the bottom to the surface of the water column are recorded by a diver using SCUBA. The diver then swims back along a one by fifty meter section of the original transect line and records the abundances of all non-mobile or cryptic taxa of fishes (Pomacentids, Gobiids, Cirrhitids, Holocentrids etc). Surveys are conducted between 0900 and 1600 hours (Moorea time) during late July or early August each year. In 2006, divers also began to estimate the size (length) of each fish observed to the nearest half cm. Four replicate transects are surveyed in each of six locations on the forereef (two on each of Moorea's three sides), six locations on the backreef (two on each of Moorea's three sides) and on six locations on the fringing reef (two on each of Moorea's three sides) for a total of 72 individual transects. Transects are permanently marked using a series of small, stainless steel posts affixed to the reef. Transects on the forereef are located at a depth of approximately 12m, those on the backreef are located at a depth of approximately 1.5m and those on the fringing reef are located at a depth of approximately 10m. In addition to the biotic data collected, divers also record data on the date and time each transect was surveyed, wind speed and sea state, swell height in m, amount of cloud cover in % and horizontal visability in m. This monitoring program is consistent with the protocols adopted by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network and the Australian Institute of Marine Science for use with the Great Barrier Reef Long-term Monitoring Program.

Short Name: Annual Fish Survey
Publication Date: 2017-06-29
Language: english
Time Period:
Detailed Data Description and Download:
Annual Fish Surveys
Fish transect visual counts repeated annually include species, fish length, estimated biomass, and trophic group.
Initial Fish Survey
Fish transect visual counts the first year replicated some sites and omitted fish length. Protocol and data differ from long-term series.
Species List
Taxonomy of fishes observed in this survey to date.
People and Organizations:
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Contact: Information Manager (Moorea Coral Reef LTER) [  email ]
Organization Moorea Coral Reef LTER
Owner: Brooks, Andrew (Moorea Coral Reef LTER) [  email ]
Associate: Bernardi, Giacomo (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Associate Investigator)
Associate: Seydel, Keith (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Lead Field Technician)
Associate: Adam, Tom (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Post-Doctoral Scholar)
Associate: Nielsen, Jessica (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Field Technician)

Data Set Citation

How to cite this dataset: Brooks, A of Moorea Coral Reef LTER. 2017. MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Long-term Population and Community Dynamics: Fishes, ongoing since 2005. knb-lter-mcr.6.55 doi:10.6073/pasta/4541694f7928bc7f0d8b604ff9936a81

Key Words and Terms

By Thesaurus:
Abundance, Corallivores, Detritivores, Invertivores, Long-term Time Series, LTER, MCR, Moorea Coral Reef, Pescivores, Planktivores, Primary Consumers, Secondary Consumers
Institute, Organization, or Funding Agency California State University Northridge, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, NSF, Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station, University of California Santa Barbara
French Polynesia, Moorea
KNB Community, Marine, Trophic Dynamics
NBII Biocomplexity Thesaurus Abundance (organisms), Biodiversity, Biomass, Coral Reef, Detritus feeders, Fishes, Herbivores, Omnivores, Plankton feeders, Sharks, Species Richness, Trophic levels, Tropical Fishes
LTER Network Controlled Vocabulary abundance, biodiversity, consumers, species interactions
LTER Core Research Area Populations
MCR Core Activity Time Series Program
MCR Research Theme Reef Resistance and Resilience
MCR-LTER Working Group Population and Community Dynamics

Data Set Usage Rights

Data collected under the auspices of the MCR LTER are available to the public after primary publication, or at most two years after the completion of the study unless proprietary restrictions are warranted. Use of MCR LTER data is subject to acceptance of the following conditions:

  • 1. The user agrees to provide valid name and contact information prior to downloading online data. This information will be used to contact the user in case of changes to the data, and may also be used by data set authors and MCR LTER project administrators to document data usage.
  • 2. The user agrees to cite the data set author and MCR LTER in all publications in which the data are used, as per the instructions in the data documentation. If no specific instructions are provided in the data documentation, the user is requested to include the following statement: "Data sets were provided by the Moorea Coral Reef Ecosystem LTER, funded by the US National Science Foundation (OCE-0417412)."
  • 3. The user agrees to provide one copy of any manuscript based on MCR LTER data to the data set author prior to submitting it for publication.
  • 4. The user agrees to send two hard copies of any published manuscript based on MCR LTER data to the following address: Dr. Andrew J. Brooks Deputy Program Director, MCR LTER Marine Science Institute University of California Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6150 The user also agrees to send one electronic copy (pdf format) to the following e-mail address:
  • 5. Users are prohibited from selling or redistributing any data provided by MCR LTER without explicit prior permission.
  • 6. Users are encouraged to contact original investigators responsible for data. Where appropriate, researchers whose projects are integrally dependent on MCR LTER data are encouraged to consider collaboration and/or co-authorship with original investigators.
  • 7. Extensive efforts are made to ensure that online data are accurate and up to date, but the authors and the MCR LTER will not take responsibility for any errors that may exist in data provided online. Furthermore, the user assumes all responsibility for errors in analysis or judgment resulting from use of the data.
  • 8. Any violation of the terms of this agreement will result in immediate forfeiture of the data and loss of access privileges to other MCR LTER data sets.

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