Coral reef benthic and fish surveys in Papua New Guinea

Surveys of reef sites in fished versus tabu (community closures) areas in both Madang and Manus Provinces, Papua New Guinea. Benthic cover of corals and other organisms were quantified along with the abundance diversity and size of reef associated fishes.

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    Data record related to this publication Coral reef benthic and fish surveys in Papua New Guinea
    Data Publication title Coral reef benthic and fish surveys in Papua New Guinea
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    Surveys of reef sites in fished versus tabu (community closures) areas in both Madang and Manus Provinces, Papua New Guinea. Benthic cover of corals and other organisms were quantified along with the abundance diversity and size of reef associated fishes.

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      These surveys were conducted in 2009 by Nick Graham and Fraser Januchowski-Hartley of James Cook University. At each site replicate 50m transects were surveyed at both 8m and 2m depth. Coral and other benthic cover were surveyed using point intercept methodology, while fish were surveyed using 50*5m belt transect UVC. The location tabu areas had been closed for varying lengths of time and were either fished for feasts annually or opened for longer periods of time. The data are being used to evaluate these management systems and to link to socio-economic data collected by Joshua Cinner at these and other sites.

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  • Keywords
    • coral reef ecology
    • periodic closures
    • reef fish assemblages
    • coral bleaching
    • ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
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    Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
    FoR Codes (*)
    • 050205 - Environmental Management (050205)
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  • Start Date 2009/04/01
  • End Date 2009/05/01
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  • Locations
    • Madang and Manus Provinces, Papua New Guinea.
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    Type Location Notes
    Physical Location ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville Queensland 4811, Australia, Phone: 61 7 4781 4000, Fax: 61 7 4781 6722
    The Data Manager is: Nick Graham
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      Name Januchowski-Hartley FA, Graham NAJ, Feary DA, Morove T, Cinner JE (2011) Fear of Fishers: Human Predation Explains Behavioral Changes in Coral Reef Fishes. PLoS ONE 6(8): e22761.
    • URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0022761
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    The data will be licensed under CC BY-NC: Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 AU
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  • Statement of rights in data Once access to the dataset has been obtain, use of the dataset is governed by the CC-BY-NC AU licence.
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    Citation Graham, Nick; Cinner, Joshua; Januchowski-Hartley, F. A; Feary, D. A (2012): Coral reef benthic and fish surveys in Papua New Guinea. James Cook University.