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Manual for Monitoring Coral Reefs with Indicator Species: Butterflyfishes as Indicators of Change on Indo-Pacific Reefs.


PB2005105828

Publication Date 1996
Personal Author Crosby, M. P.; Reese, E. S.
Page Count 52
Abstract There are many methods to monitor coral reefs and the associated biota. Each method has its strengths and weaknesses, benefits and costs, all of which must be considered carefully. Each method also varies in how much scientific training is necessary to successfully use it. The choice of a method depends on the question being asked, the resources available, and the training of the persons who will do the work. The approach described in this manual is aimed at answering the question: Is the condition of the coral reef changing. The Butterflyfish Fish Indicator method is relatively simple and inexpensive. It does not require highly trained personnel with extensive knowledge of reef organisms. More importantly, however, it is sensitive to changing conditions on the reef and, we believe, should provide an 'early warning' that change is occurring. This may provide enough time for remedial actions to be taken before entire coral reef habitats are irreversably lost.
Keywords
  • Coral reefs
  • Biota
  • Monitoring
  • Manuals
  • Monitoring methods
  • Indicator species
  • Assessment
  • Data collection
  • Natural resource conservation
  • Indicators (Biology)
  • Change analysis
  • Change detection
  • Ecosystems
  • Butterflyfish Fish Indicator
  • Butterflyfishes
  • Indo-Pacific corals
  • Internation Coral Reef Initiative (CRI)
Source Agency
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Corporate Authors National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington, DC. Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.; Hawaii Inst. of Marine Biology, Honolulu.; United States Man and the Biosphere Program, Washington, DC.; Department of Defense, Washington, DC. Legacy Resource Management
Supplemental Notes Prepared in cooperation with Hawaii Inst. of Marine Biology, Honolulu. Sponsored by Department of Defense, Washington, DC. Legacy Resource Management Program. and United States Man and the Biosphere Program, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 200515
Manual for Monitoring Coral Reefs with Indicator Species: Butterflyfishes as Indicators of Change on Indo-Pacific Reefs.
Manual for Monitoring Coral Reefs with Indicator Species: Butterflyfishes as Indicators of Change on Indo-Pacific Reefs.
PB2005105828

  • Coral reefs
  • Biota
  • Monitoring
  • Manuals
  • Monitoring methods
  • Indicator species
  • Assessment
  • Data collection
  • Natural resource conservation
  • Indicators (Biology)
  • Change analysis
  • Change detection
  • Ecosystems
  • Butterflyfish Fish Indicator
  • Butterflyfishes
  • Indo-Pacific corals
  • Internation Coral Reef Initiative (CRI)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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