Reef Fish Monitoring Lane Snapper Survey and Characterization of Tiger Grouper Aggregation Site


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


Histology Procedure

As a side study to this project the gonads of the fish caught were collected and preserved for histological analysis.



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)


Sampled stations off the west coast during the lane snapper survey October 2011 to March 2012

Figure 1. Sampled stations off the west coast during the lane snapper survey October 2011 to March 2012.


Figure 2. Sampled stations off the east coast during the lane snapper survey January to September 2012.