New Guide to Monitoring Reef Fish in National Park Service Network to Aid Future Reef Monitoring and Management Efforts in the South Florida/Caribbean Region
The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), in collaboration with the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, NOAA Fisheries Southeast Fisheries Science Center, University of Hawaii, and University of Miami, has developed a comprehensive guide for monitoring reef fish in parks in the National Park Service’s South Florida/Caribbean Network. The authors used fieldwork experiences and reef fish data gathered over the past 10 years to detail effective and efficient survey strategies throughout the guide. Reef fish monitoring data are intended to aid management decisions on maintaining, enhancing, or restoring the ecological integrity of reef fish communities. This product supports a major NCCOS objective of providing technical expertise to support coral reef ecosystem management. A Guide to Monitoring Reef Fish in the National Park Service’s South Florida/Caribbean Network may be downloaded at http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/ecosystems/coralreef/fish_protocol.aspx.