Coral Reef Evaluation and Monitoring Project Dry Tortugas 2015
CitationPorter J, Stoessel M (2020). Coral Reef Evaluation and Monitoring Project Dry Tortugas 2015. Version 1.4. United States Geological Survey. Sampling event dataset https://doi.org/10.15468/e9mdrc accessed via GBIF.org on 2020-06-16. accessed via GBIF.org on 2023-12-03.
DescriptionThe purpose of the Coral Reef Evaluation and Monitoring Project (CREMP) is to monitor the status and trends of selected reefs in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary(FKNMS). CREMP assessments have been conducted annually at fixed sites since 1996 and data collected provides information on the temporal changes in benthic cover and diversity of stony corals and associated marine flora and fauna. The core field methods continue to be underwater videography and timed coral species inventories. Findings presented in this report include data from 109 stations at 37 sites sampled from 1996 through 2008 in the Florida Keys and 1999 through 2008 in the Dry Tortugas. The report describes the annual differences (between 2007 and 2008) in the percent cover of major benthic taxa (stony corals, octocorals, sponges, and macroalgae), mean coral species richness and the incidence of stony coral conditions. Additionally, it examines the long-term trends of the major benthic taxa, five coral complex, Montastraea cavernosa, Colpophyllia natans, Siderastrea siderea, and Porites astreoides) and the clionaid sponge, Cliona delitrix. It is one of the longest running coral reef monitoring projects in south Florida and has been extremely important in documenting the temporal changes that have occurred in recent years.
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Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida, United States
University of Georgia, Odum School of Ecology
U.S. Geological Survey
position: Senior Research Associate
GCOOS at Texas A&M University, Dept. of Oceanography
administrative point of contact
position: Research Scientist
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish & Wildlife Research Institute