Coral reef benthic and fish surveys in the Inner Seychelles

Surveys of 21 reef sites around the inner granitic islands of the Seychelles. 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 Publication title Coral reef benthic and fish surveys in the Inner Seychelles
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    Surveys of 21 reef sites around the inner granitic islands of the Seychelles. 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 first conducted in 1994 by Simon Jennings, now at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science in the UK, and have been subsequently repeated in 2005, 2008 and 2011 by Nick Graham of James Cook University and Shaun Wilson, now at the Western Australian Department for Environment and Conservation. In each year 7 sites on granitic reefs, 7 sites on continuous carbonate reefs, and 7 sites on patch reefs were surveyed. 16 replicate surveys were conducted at each reef site. 9 of the 21 sites are within no-take marine protected areas, while the remaining 12 sites are open to fishing. The data have been used to assess the effectiveness of fisheries management in Seychelles, and more recently to evaluate the impact of the 1998 climate change driven coral mortality event which killed up to 90% of the corals on these reefs.

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  • Keywords
    • coral reef ecology
    • coral bleaching
    • reef fish assemblages
    • marine protected areas
    • ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
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    Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
    FoR Codes (*)
    • 050101 - Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)
    • 060205 - Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
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  • Start Date 1994/04/01
  • End Date 2001/05/01
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  • Locations
    • Inner Seychelles, Indian Ocean.
    Data Locations

    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 Graham, N.A.J., Wilson, S.K., Pratchett, M.S., Polunin, N.V.C., and Spalding, M.D. (2009) Coral mortality versus structural collapse as drivers of corallivorous butterflyfish decline. Biodiversity and Conservation, 18 (12). pp. 3325-3336. ISSN 1572-9710
    • URL http://eprints.jcu.edu.au/4903/
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    • Name McClanahan, T.R., Cinner, J.E., Graham, N.A.J., Daw, T.M., Maina, J., Stead, S.M., Wamukota, A., Brown, K., Venus, V., and Polunin, N.V.C. (2009) Identifying reefs of hope and hopeful actions: contextualizing environmental, ecological, and social parameters to respond effectively to climate change. Conservation Biology, 23 (3). pp. 662-671. ISSN 1523-1739
    • URL http://eprints.jcu.edu.au/5104/
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    • Name Graham, Nicholas A.J. (2007) Ecological versatility and the decline of coral feeding fishes following climate driven coral mortality. Marine Biology, 153 (2). pp. 119-127. ISSN 1432-1793
    • URL http://eprints.jcu.edu.au/8843/
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    • Name Graham, Nicholas A.J., Wilson, Shaun K., Jennings, Simon, Polunin, Nicholas V.C., Robinson, Jan, Bijoux, Jude P., and Daw, Tim M. (2007) Lag effects in the impacts of mass coral bleaching on coral reef fish, fisheries, and ecosystems. Conservation Biology, 21 (5). pp. 1291-1300. ISSN 1523-1739
    • URL http://eprints.jcu.edu.au/8847/
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    • Name Ledlie, M., Graham, N. A. J., Bythell, J. C., Wilson, S. K., Jennings, S., Polunin, N. V. C., and Hardcastle, J. (2007) Phase shifts and the role of herbivory in the resilience of coral reefs. Coral Reefs, 26 (3). pp. 641-653. ISSN 1432-0975
    • URL http://eprints.jcu.edu.au/8848/
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    • Name McClanahan , T.R., Ateweberhan, M., Graham, N. A. J., Wilson, S.K., Sebastian, C. Ruiz, Guillaume, M.M.M., and Bruggemann, J.H. (2007) Western Indian Ocean coral communities: bleaching responses and susceptibility to extinction. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 337 . pp. 1-13. ISSN 0171-8630
    • URL http://eprints.jcu.edu.au/8856/
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    • Name Wilson, S.K., Graham, N.A.J., and Polunin, N.V.C. (2007) Appraisal of visual assessments of habitat complexity and benthic composition on coral reefs. Marine Biology, 151 (3). pp. 1069-1076. ISSN 1432-1793
    • URL http://eprints.jcu.edu.au/8858/
    • Notes
    • Name Graham, Nicholas A.J., Wilson, Shaun K., Jennings, Simon, Polunin, Nicholas V.C., Bijoux, Jude P., and Robinson, Jan (2006) Dynamic fragility of oceanic coral reef ecosystems. National Academy of Sciences. Proceedings, 103 (22). pp. 8425-8429. ISSN 1091-6490
    • URL http://eprints.jcu.edu.au/3496/
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    Citation Graham, Nick; Polunin, Nicholas; Wilson, Shaun K; Jennings, Simon (2012): Coral reef benthic and fish surveys in the Inner Seychelles. James Cook University.