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Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) Long-term Monitoring Program: Visual Census Fish Data (Great Barrier Reef), Australia (1992 to present)

Latest version published by CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere on Jul 23, 2018 CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

About 50 selected reefs throughout the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) are sampled in the AIMS Long-term Monitoring Project (LTMP). A visual census of fish on fixed transects (3 sites per reef, 5 x 50 m transects per site). Fishes from a list of 191 species, representing 10 families, are counted. Individuals, Genus, Species are counted for a prescribed list of 212 species: all the parrotfishes, damselfishes, surgeon fishes, butterflyfishes, and some others. A full list of species observed each year are included in the appendices of each AIMS status report. To detect changes in reef fish communities over time at a regional scale. Source/more information: http://data.aims.gov.au/metadataviewer/uuid/5be0b340-4ade-11dc-8f56-00008a07204e

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 168,620 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

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Versions

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Sweatman HPA, Cheal AJ, Coleman GJ, Emslie MJ, Johns K, Jonker M, Miller IR and Osborne K (2008) Long-term Monitoring of the Great Barrier reef, Status Report. 8. Australian Institute of Marine Science. 369 p.

Rights

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

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Keywords

Occurrence; Observation

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Hugh Sweatman
Principle Investigator
Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) PMB No. 3 4810 Townsville Queensland AU
http://www.aims.gov.au

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Hugh Sweatman
Principle Investigator
Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) PMB No. 3 4810 Townsville Queensland AU
http://www.aims.gov.au

Who filled in the metadata:

Data Manager
AIMS Data Centre
Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) PMB No. 3 4810 Townsville Queensland AU
http://www.aims.gov.au

Who else was associated with the resource:

Publisher
Dave Watts
OBIS Australia Node manager
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere 7001 Hobart Tasmania AU
http://www.obis.org.au

Geographic Coverage

Great Barrier Reef, NE Coast of Queensland, Australia

Bounding Coordinates South West [-23.891, 145.351], North East [-14.524, 153]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1992-03-28 / 2018-05-04

Project Data

No Description available

Title AIMS Long-term Monitoring Program: Visual Census Fish Data (Great Barrier Reef)
Funding Australian Institute of Marine Science
Study Area Description Great Barrier Reef
Design Description About 50 selected reefs throughout the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) are sampled in the AIMS Long-term Monitoring Project (LTMP). A visual census of fish on fixed transects (3 sites per reef, 5 x 50 m transects per site). Fishes from a list of 191 species, representing 10 families, are counted. Individuals, Genus, Species are counted for a prescribed list of 212 species: all the parrotfishes, damselfishes, surgeon fishes, butterflyfishes, and some others. A full list of species observed each year are included in the appendices of each AIMS status report. In 2004 a new zoning plan was implemented in the Great Barrier reef Marine Park and in 2006 the pattern of surveys was changed. The original set of reefs (47) are surveyed in odd years (e.g. 2007) and a different set (56 reefs) are surveyed in even years. The new set consists of paired reefs (one no-take, and one open to fishing) surveyed to assess the effects of rezoning. The paired reefs are near Cairns and Innisfail, Townsville, Mackay, the Swain Reefs and the Capricorn-Brunker group.

The personnel involved in the project:

Curator
Hugh Sweatman

Sampling Methods

Reef surveys involve three approaches: 1. broadscale manta tow surveys of crown-of-thorns starfish populations and reef-wide coral cover 2. Intensive photographic surveys of stationary seafloor (benthic) organisms on fixed transects 3. intensive visual counts of reef fish, juvenile corals, crown-of-thorns starfish, coral-eating snails and coral disease and bleaching.

Study Extent About 50 selected reefs throughout the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) are sampled in the AIMS Long-term Monitoring Project (LTMP). Annual visual surveys.

Method step description:

  1. See http://www.aims.gov.au/docs/research/monitoring/reef/sampling-methods.html

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Purpose The dataset was prepared by AIMS for the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (www.iobis.org)
Alternative Identifiers http://ogc-act.csiro.au/ipt/resource?r=aims_ltmp_fish