Puerto Rico Long-Term Coral Reef Monitoring Program Database Compilation

Ernesto Díaz, Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (PR DNER);Jorge Capella, Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System (CARICOOS);Julio Morell, Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System (CARICOOS)

Dataset credit

OBIS and OBIS USA

Contacts

RoleNameOrganization 
Primary contact Ernesto Díaz Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (PR DNER) N/A
Primary contact Jorge Capella Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System (CARICOOS)
Primary contact Julio Morell Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System (CARICOOS)
Secondary contact Miguel G. Figuerola Hernández Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System (CARICOOS) / Puerto Rico Coral Reef Monitoring Program and Outreach Coordinator, PR DNER
Secondary contact José Santiago Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System (CARICOOS)

Citation

Department of Natural and Environmental Resources of Puerto Rico (2019) Puerto Rico Long-Term Coral Reef Monitoring Program Database Compilation (1999-2019). [indicate subset used]. Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Dataset. https://obis.org/dataset/52f99f08-fc90-4684-aea8-a015150968ea
Díaz, E, J. Capella and J. Morell. 2020. Puerto Rico Long-Term Coral Reef Monitoring Program Database Compilation. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/103152432) on yyyy-mm-dd and originated from OBIS (https://obis.org/dataset/52f99f08-fc90-4684-aea8-a015150968ea)

Abstract

The Puerto Rico Long-Term Coral Reef Monitoring Program (PRCRMP) database compilation includes raw biological data (by transect) from reef locations around the Puerto Rican archipelago. Substrate cover by sessile-benthic categories and fish, and motile megabenthic invertebrate taxonomic composition and densities have been characterized in these stations, with variable sampling event frequencies between 1999 to 2019. At present, 42 permanent stations are surveyed biannually (21 per year). For the benthic characterization, a set of five 10-meter-long permanent transects are surveyed at each station. Sessile-benthic reef communities are characterized by the continuous intercept chain-link method, following the Caribbean Coastal Marine Productivity (CARICOMP) (1994) protocol. Demersal diurnal non-cryptic reef fish populations and motile megabenthic invertebrates are surveyed by sets of five 10 x 3 meters wide (30 m2) belt-transects centered along the reference line of transects used for sessile-benthic characterizations at each reef station. From 2004-2013, a diver completed an Active Search Census (ASEC) survey for 30 minutes annotating sizes and abundances of fish and macroinvertebrate species of interest. From 2015-2019, the ASEC survey methodology was replaced by 20 x 3 meters (60 m2) band transects to identify commercially and ecologically important fish and megabenthic invertebrate species. Upon completion of the 10 meters belt-transect survey, the diver swims along the same depth and physiographic reef zone for an extra 10 meters to complete the 60 m2 transect. For each fish individual within the ASEC survey (2004-2013) and 60m2 band transects (2015-2019), a visual fork length (FL) estimate in centimeters is recorded. Fish length estimations are provided by the median of 5cm interval size classes. The cephalothorax length (measurement from the tip of the rostrum to end of the thorax), also known as carapace length (CL) in centimeters is used to report the size of lobsters (Panulirus spp., Scyllarides spp.) within belt-transects. Queen conch (Lobatus gigas) length is reported as the total (diagonal) shell length in centimeters. With the length-weight relationship information available in FishBase.org, biomass estimates are calculated for a subset of commercially and ecologically important fish species. The PRCRMP database was made possible with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations Coral Reef Conservation Program.

Purpose

N/A

Supplemental information

This dataset was downloaded from OBIS (https://obis.org/). The records for only marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles and rays and sharks were extracted. Records with no longitude/latitude or no date (eventDate) were excluded.
OBIS dataset page:
https://obis.org/dataset/52f99f08-fc90-4684-aea8-a015150968ea
Data Provider's dataset page:
https://www1.usgs.gov/obis-usa/ipt/resource?r=prcrmp_database

References

Department of Natural and Environmental Resources of Puerto Rico (2019) Puerto Rico Long-Term Coral Reef Monitoring Program Database Compilation (1999-2019). [indicate subset used]. Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Dataset. https://obis.org/dataset/52f99f08-fc90-4684-aea8-a015150968ea

Attributes

Overview

This section explains attributes included in the original dataset. OBIS-SEAMAP restricts the attributes available to the public to date/time, lat/lon and species names/counts only. Should you need other attributes described here, you are encouraged to contact the data provider.

Attributes described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
All attributes are included in the downloadable file (CSV or ESRI File Geodatabase) for "Complete Set of Dataset".

Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
oidInternal ID
idRecord ID
dataset_idDataset ID
scientificnameScientific name
vernacularnameVernacular name
aphiaidAphia ID
taxonranktaxononic rank
individualcountGroup size / individual count
eventdateEvent date (precision varies)
eventtimeEvent time
decimallatitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
decimallongitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
coordinateprecisionCoordinate precision
catalognumberCatalog number
collectioncodeCollection code
occurrencestatusOccurrence status
basisofrecordBasis of record (HumanObservation / MachineObservation)
modifiedDate/time the record was modified
node_idNode ID
occurrenceidOccurrence ID
occurrenceremarksOccurrence remarks
eventidEvent ID
institutioncodeInstitution code
lifestageLife stage
sexGender of the animal if known
speciesSpecies by provider
datasetidDataset ID by provider
countryCountry
localityLocation of ocean
waterbodyDetails of ocean
droppedFlag indicating the record was dropped (always false)
absenceFlag indicating the record represents the absence of the species (always false)
marineFlag indicating the record is for marine life (always true)
OBIS-SEAMAP ID103152432
Seabirds0
Marine mammals1
Sea turtles2
Rays and sharks55
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Total58
Date, Begin2000-06-01
Date, End2017-01-01
Temporal prec.110000
Latitude17.90 - 18.45
Longitude-67.95 - -65.20
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
PlatformVarious
Data typeAnimal sighting
EffortN/A
Traveled (km)0
0
Contr. throughiOBIS
Registered2020-06-30
Updated2021-02-05
StatusPublished
Sharing policy CC-BY (All)
Also available in None
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