Annual Report of Coral Reef Fish Monitoring is Part of New Multi-level Communication Strategy

On April 1, PIFSC published the first report in a new annual series that summarizes data recently collected on reef fishes by the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division (CRED). PIFSC Data Report DR-14-003 is the last piece in a new multi-tier communications strategy launched by scientists from CRED's Fish Ecology Team. The 112-page document completes a new standardized communication framework centered on transparent, reproducible reporting to increase the efficiency and reliability with which monitoring data collected on coral reef fishes are disseminated.

The communication strategy has four levels, each of increasing complexity and detail. At the first level, immediately following each segment or leg of a research expedition, which typically covers a region or archipelago, the team produces a monitoring brief that outlines the sampling effort and an overview summary of the new data. For example, the 2-page fish monitoring brief for surveys at Wake Atoll during PIFSC mission HA-14-01 was published on March 25, 2014 just days after those surveys were completed. The brief was issued as PIFSC Data Report DR-14-007, entitled "Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program fish monitoring brief: Pacific Remote Island Areas 2014," and can be accessed at http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/library/pubs/DR-14-007.pdf (0.6 MB PDF).

At the second level of the new communication strategy, an annual status report will be produced within the first three months of each calendar year. This status report presents the new site-level data collected at Rapid Ecological Assessment (REA) sites, sets the region and islands surveyed in the context of the wider Pacific area that CRED surveys, and reports on diver performance. The third and fourth tiers of the strategy provide more in-depth analyses for specific projects.

PIFSC Data Report DR-14-003, entitled "Pacific Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program data report: ecological monitoring 2012-2013-reef fishes and benthic habitats of the main Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, and Pacific Remote Island Areas," can be accessed at http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/library/pubs/DR-14-003.pdf (7.9 MB PDF).