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Coral reef monitoring

Coral Reef Monitoring


Coral reef monitoring

What is a Coral?

Animal, vegetable or mineral?


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Conservation of Coral Reefs

  • Monitoring is necessary to decrease the decline of reefs

  • Coral reefs have a high biodiversity

  • They provide a habitat for a wide variety of animals and plant species and are also a food source for many organisms

  • Protects coastlines


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Studying coral reefs:

  • Compare difference in places where fish are collected to a place where they are not; look over time.

    • lots of different people collect data

    • community effort


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Reef Check

A volunteer, community-based coral reef monitoring and education program that promotes coral reef conservation and preservation throughout the Main Hawaiian Islands.

http://www.reefcheckhawaii.org/


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Location: Kaneohe, HI

Near the intersection of Kam. Hwy and Lulani St.


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Location

Kaneohe, HI


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Transect Belt Study

5m

5m

Snorkeler/diver swims down the transect line and counts abundance of orgs


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Transect Belt Study


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Quadrat

15

10

5

0

Snorkeler/diver swims down the transect line and every 5 meters counts % cover of species


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Quadrat


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Fish ID

  • Butterfly fish

  • Blueline Snapper

  • Jacks

  • Goatfish

  • Parrotfish

  • Trigger fish

  • Yellow Tang

  • Wrasses

  • Angelfish

  • Snapper

  • Morey eel

  • Orange spine unicorn fish

  • Peacock grouper


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Butterfly fish


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Blueline Snapper


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Jacks/ Trevally


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Goatfish


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Parrotfish


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Triggerfish


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Yellow Tang


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Wrasses


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Angelfish


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Snapper


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Moray eel


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Orange spine unicorn fish


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Peacock grouper


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Invert ID

Pencil Urchin

Diadema

Collector Urchin

Triton’s Trumpet

Banded Coral Shrimp

Lobster

Coweries

Crown-of-Thorns


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Pencil urchin


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Diadema


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Collector Urchin


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Triton’s Trumpet


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Banded Coral shrimp


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Lobster


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Coweries


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Crown-of-thorns


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Coral ID

  • Substrate Codes

    • HC hard coral

    • SC soft coral

    • RKC recently killed coral

    • NIA nutrient indicator algae

    • SP sponge

    • RC rock

    • RB rubble

    • SD sand

    • SI silt/clay

    • OT other


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Coral ID

  • Rice

  • Finger

  • Lobe

  • Mushroom

  • Cauliflower

Algae

Crustose, turf, invasive


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Montipora capitata (Rice coral)


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Pocillopora meandrina (Finger Coral)


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Porites lobata (Lobe Coral)


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Fungia scutaria (Mushroom Coral)


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Pocillopora meandrina

(Cauliflower Coral)


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Invasive Algae


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Turf Algae


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Crustose Algae

Pink and encrusting


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Impacts

  • Coral Damage

  • Disease

  • Bleaching

  • Trash


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Coral Damage

Boat/Anchor/Other


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Coral Damage

Boat/Anchor/Other


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Bleaching


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Trash

  • Hooks

  • Fishing line and gear

  • Plastic bags

  • Six pack soda holder


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Coral Disease

Black Band

White band


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Why is coral reef monitoring and management necessary?

Pennekamp Reef, Key Largo, FL


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  • Two ways to promote conservation:

  • monitoring

  • community-based management


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What Can You Do to Protect Reefs?

  • Support reef-friendly businesses.

  • Don't pollute and encourage others to do the same.

  • Learn more about reefs and educate others with your knowledge.

  • Report dumping, poaching, and other illegal activities.

  • Never anchor directly on reefs.


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What Can You Do to Protect Reefs?

  • Avoid overfishing and other destructive resource extraction methods.

  • Avoid touching the reef.

  • Encourage reef-friendly legislation.

  • Be a responsible aquarium owner.

  • Support conservation organizations, agencies, and programs.


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What Can You Do to Protect Reefs?

  • Support the establishment of marine protected areas.

  • Promote responsible development.

  • Promote reef monitoring and basic research aimed at protecting coral reefs and their inhabitants.


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