Mesophotic Surveys


How is it funded, who administers it?


Why was the survey originally designed?


What are/were the intended outcomes/objectives?


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

Map of Mesophotic Surveys


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)

Ivonne Bejarano Rodríguez.  2013. Deep reef fishes off La Parguera insular slope, Puerto Rico, and their connectivity with shallow reefs.  Ph.D. Dissertation, UPR-Mayagüez


Peer-review publications, SEDAR reports

Bejarano, I., R.S. Appeldoorn, M. Nemeth. 2014.  Fishes associated to mesophotic coral ecosystems in La Parguera, Puerto Rico.  Coral Reefs.  33: 313-328.

Sherman, C., R. Appeldoorn, M. Carlo, M. Nemeth, H. Ruíz, I. Bejarano. 2009. Use of technical diving to study deep reef environments in Puerto Rico.  Pp 58-65. In: Pollock NW, ed. Diving for Science 2009.  Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 28th Symposium, Dauphin Island, AL

Sherman, C., R. Appeldoorn, D. Ballantine, I. Bejarano, M. Carlo, D. Kesling, M. Nemeth, F. Pagan, H. Ruiz, N. Schizas, E. Weil.  Exploring the mesophotic zone: Diving operations and scientific highlights of three research cruises (2010-2012) across Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands.  Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences, Curacao 2013.  In press.