The occurrence status (present/absent) of the fish species associated with the ECOREEF, Discovery Bay, Jamaica (2015-2017)

Latest version published by Caribbean Coastal Data Centre, Centre for Marine Sciences on Dec 7, 2018 Caribbean Coastal Data Centre, Centre for Marine Sciences

Artificial reef structures (ECOREEF) were deployed on the seafloor within the boundaries of the Discovery Bay, Jamaica, as mitigation for maintenance dredging carried out by NORANDA JAMAICA BAUXITE PARTNERS LTD. The assessment of the fish population inside and adjacent to the boundaries of the ECOREEF structures form part of the three-year environmental monitoring programme carried out by the Discovery Bay Marine Lab (University of the West Indies). The dataset recorded the occurrence status (present/absent) of the fish species associated with or immediately adjacent to the ECOREEF structure.

Data Records

The data in this sampling event 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 13 records. 1 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Event (core)
    13
  • Occurrence 
    1287

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Gayle P, C. Trench, D. Anderson, D. Henry, D. Douglas, J. Holstein, M. Creary Ford (2018): The occurrence status (present/absent) of the fish species associated with the ECOREEF, Discovery Bay, Jamaica (2015-2017). v1. Caribbean Coastal Data Centre, Centre for Marine Sciences. Dataset/Occurrence. BID-CA2016-0004-SMA

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GBIF Registration

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Keywords

Occurrence; reef fish; ECOREEF; Observation

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Peter Gayle
Principal Scientific Officer & Co-Manager
Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory, UWI-Centre for Marine Sciences Queen's Highway Discovery Bay St Ann JM 1 876 9732241
http://www.mona.uwi.edu/cms/dbml/

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Peter Gayle
Principal Scientific Officer & Co-Manager
Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory, UWI-Centre for Marine Sciences Queen's Highway Discovery Bay St Ann JM 1 876 9732241
http://www.mona.uwi.edu/cms/dbml/

Who filled in the metadata:

Marcia Creary Ford
Environmental Data Manager
Caribbean Coastal Data Centre, UWI-Centre for Marine Sciences Mona Campus Kingston 7 JM 1 876 9271609
http://www.mona.uwi.edu/cms/ccdc/

Who else was associated with the resource:

Principal Investigator
Peter Gayle
Principal Scientific Officer & Co-Manager
Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory, UWI-Centre for Marine Sciences Queen's Highway Discovery Bay St Ann JM 1 876 9732241
http://www.mona.uwi.edu/cms/dbml/
Content Provider
Camilo Trench
Content Provider
Dalelan Anderson
Content Provider
Denise Henry
Metadata Provider
Marcia Creary Ford

Geographic Coverage

Discovery Bay back reef in the parish of St Ann, Jamaica

Bounding Coordinates South West [18.458, -77.421], North East [18.475, -77.394]

Taxonomic Coverage

Reef fishes represented primarily by three main Orders.

Order  Perciformes (Reef fish),  Tetraodontiformes (Surgeon fishes),  Beryciformes (Squirrelfish),  Rajiformes (Sting Rays)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2015-01-01 / 2017-01-01

Project Data

The Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory was contracted by NORANDA JAMAICA BAUXITE PARTNERS LTD to conduct the environmental assessment of the artificial reef (ECOREEF) established in the Discovery Bay. The ECOREEF was deployed by NORANDA as a condition of the granting on the licence for maintenance dredging of the ship channel. The environmental monitoring was conducted over a three-year period (2015-2017) and involved the assessment of the benthic substrate composition as well as the fish population associated with the ECOREEF structures and the adjacent reefs. Additional parameters monitored included temperature, light turbidity (suspended solids) and sedimentation rates.

Title The occurrence status (present/absent) of the fish species associated with the ECOREEF, Discovery Bay, Jamaica (2015-2017)
Identifier BID-CA2016-0004-SMA
Funding Funding for the environmental monitoring was provided by NORANDA JAMAICA BAUXITE PARTNERS LTD. Funding for data mobilization was provided by the European Union through the GBIF/BID project.
Study Area Description Backreef area with restricted circulation, subjected to intermittent, elevated levels of sedimentation and algal coverage
Design Description Fishes surveyed along 3 x 15m long x 2m wide permanent transects within and immediately adjacent to the area of the artificial reef. i.e., 6 transects total. Roving diver surveys also carried out within and immediately adjacent to the area of the artificial reef.

The personnel involved in the project:

Content Provider
Camilo Trench
Content Provider
Dalelan Anderson
Content Provider
Deana-Lee Douglas
Content Provider
Jennifer Holstein
Content Provider
Denise Henry

Sampling Methods

The Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) protocol (Lang et al., 2010) was used to assess the fish population inside and outside the boundaries of the ECOREEF. This included the use of belt transects and the roving diver technique. Species were recorded along the belt transect and the roving technique was used to record all species encountered, including these that might not be encountered along the belt transects. This dataset presents the occurrence status (presence/absence) of the fish species associated with the ECOREEF structure and the adjacent reefs.

Study Extent The study are was centred around the coordinates 18o 28' 9.6" N & 077 o 24' 39.5 W in approximateley 6-8m water depth in the Discovery Bay Harbour where 500 ECOREEF structures were deployed in an area 28m x 9m running in an east-west direction. Monitoring took place twice per year at 6 monthly intervals over three years starting in July 2015. Monitoring began before the actual start of dredging which was delayed by equipment mobilisation issues.
Quality Control Data collected and identified by experts

Method step description:

  1. All field data were collected with multiple transect and roving diver surveys as per FINAL DRAFT AGRRA METHODOLOGY V. 5.0 Revision by Lang et al. (2010) and recorded on data sheets as per AGRRA-FISHES-UW-V5.0.xls. Identification was based on information from Paul Humann - REEF FISHES and FishBase (www.fishbase.org). Field data were reviewed after transcription by senior scientists in the Department."

Bibliographic Citations

  1. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species http://www.iucnredlist.org
  2. Paul Human – Reef Fish Identification Series Humann, P., & DeLoach, N. (1989). Reef fish identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas. Jacksonville, Fla.: New World Publications.

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers https://cloud.gbif.org/bid/resource?r=dbml_ecoreef_fish