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Coral reef ecosystems of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands: Spatial and temporal patterns in fish and benthic communities (2001-2009).

Author(s): Friedlander, A.M., C.F.G. Jeffrey, S.D. Hile, S.J. Pittman, M.E. Monaco and C. Caldow (eds.)

NCCOS Center: CCMA (http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/about/centers/ccma)

Center Team: Biogeography

Name of Publisher: NOAA

Place of Publication: Silver Spring, MD

Publication Type: NOAA Technical Memoranda

Date of Publication: 2013

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Keywords: coral reef, St. John, USVI, spatial and temporal patterns in fish and benthic communities, coral reef ecosystem, ocean, Caribbean

Abstract: This Technical Memorandum is part of a series of three reports that provide a quantitative spatial and temporal characterization of marine biological communities associated with marine protected areas in the U.S. Caribbean. This work was conducted as part of NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystem Monitoring (CREM) project; a partnership effort between NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS), National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment Biogeography Branch (CCMA-BB), U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources – Division of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), National Park Service (NPS), the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), and the University of Hawaii (UH). The integration of NOAA/NPS led efforts with data generated by VI-DPNR provide spatial and temporal patterns in fish and benthic communities to characterize St. John coral reef ecosystems. The data and analyses in this report are intended to provide essential baseline biological information to support management decision making. This project was funded by CRCP, NOAA’s NCCOS, and the NPS Natural Resource Preservation Program (NRPP) at Virgin Islands National Park (VIIS) and NPS’s South Florida/Caribbean Inventory and Monitoring Program (SFCN).

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