Virgin Islands National Park Reef Fish Monitoring

 

How is it funded, who administers it?

 

Why was the survey originally designed?

 

What are/were the intended outcomes/objectives?

 

Describe the temporal and spatial coverage of the survey

Show the geographic coverage (including depth) of the survey (maps are helpful)


How often is the survey conducted (annually, biennially, biannually etc)?


Is it seasonal?

 

Describe the underlying experimental design

Fixed site or stratified-random (If stratified-random, describe the strata)?


Describe allocation of sites per strata (proportional/weighted? ) and number of sites

 

Describe the methodology and gear

 

Describe the outputs of the survey

Describe the data outputs & include a discussion of the variance structure of the data

 

Self-Evaluation of pros and cons of survey

What suite of species does this survey target (what are gaps)?

What are the gear/method biases (catchability, size selectivity)?


What are the temporal/spatial limitations?


Is this survey expected to continue into the future?


It is relatively expensive/inexpensive, logistically difficult/easy?

 

Self-Evaluation of utility of survey for generating information for stock assessment

Spatial/Temporal coverage

Data generated: length frequency, spawning stock biomass, mortality etc.

 

Provide any other information that may be relevant to this discussion

 

Provide most relevant documentation (w/PDFs or hyperlinks if possible)

Several NPS reports

 

Friedlander, A. and J. Beets. 2007. Temporal Trends in Reef Fish Assemblages inside Virgin         Islands National Park and around St. John, US Virgin Islands, 1988-2006. NOAA.       NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CCMA– Biogeography Branch Technical Report.

 

NPS report and publication in prep.