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Coral reef benthic and fish surveys in the Chagos Archipelago

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Title
Coral reef benthic and fish surveys in the Chagos Archipelago
Type
Dataset
Date Record Created
2012-12-13
Date Record Modified
2012-12-13
Language
English
Coverage
Date Coverage
2010-02-10 to 2010-03-10
Time Period
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Geospatial Location
  • Chagos Archipelago, Central Indian Ocean, British Indian Ocean Territory.
Description
Descriptions
  1. Type: brief

    Surveys of 18 reef sites around the northern atolls of the Chagos Archipelago, British Indian Ocean Territory. Benthic cover of corals and other organisms were quantified along with the abundance diversity and size of reef associated fishes.

  2. Type: full

    These surveys were conducted in 2010 by Nick Graham and Morgan Pratchett of James Cook University. At each of the 18 sites 4 replicate 50m transects were surveyed at both 9m and 3m depth. Coral and other benthic cover were surveyed using point intercept methodology, while fish were surveyed using 50*5m belt transect UVC. The location has been largely unfished and uninhabited since the early 1970’s. The data are being used to make comparisons to other reef systems across the Indian Ocean to assess this fairly pristine site to more degraded reefs elsewhere.

Related Publications
  1. Graham, N.A.J., Purkis, S.J., and Harris, A. (2009) Diurnal, land-based predation on shore crabs by moray eels in the Chagos Archipelago. Coral Reefs, 28 (2). p. 397. ISSN 1432-0975
  2. Pratchett, M.S., Graham, N.A.J., Sheppard, C.R.C., and Mayes, B. (2010) Are infestations of Cymo melanodactylus killing Acropora cytherea in the Chagos archipelago? Coral Reefs, 29 (4). p. 941. ISSN 1432-0975
Related Websites
  1. http://www.coralcoe.org.au/postdocs/nick-graham
    Dr Nick Graham, Senior Research Fellow. ARC Centre of Excellence, Coral Reef Studies.
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People
Creators
  1. Managed by: Dr Nick Graham , ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
  2. Enriched by: Prof Morgan Pratchett , ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
Primary Contact
Dr Nick Graham, nick.graham@jcu.edu.au
Supervisors
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Collaborators
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Subject
Fields of Research
  1. 060205 - Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205) (060205)
Socio-Economic Objective
  1. 960808 - Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960808) (960808)
Keywords
  1. Coral Reef Ecology
  2. Reef fish assemblages
  3. Coral bleaching
  4. marine wilderness areas
Research Activity
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Research Themes
Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
Rights
License
CC BY-NC: Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 AU
License - Other
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Access Rights/Conditions
Contact the data manager (Dr Nick Graham) to negotiate access to this dataset.
Type
conditional
Rights
Once data access has been obtained, this dataset is covered by the CC-BY-NC AU licence.
Data
Data Location
Online Locations
Stored At
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
Citation
Cite:
Graham, Nick.; Pratchett, Morgan. (2012). Coral reef benthic and fish surveys in the Chagos Archipelago. James Cook University. [Data files] jcu.edu.au/tdh/collection/b5777f4e-24fc-40a2-85cc-28e888115ac0