Comprehensive Coral Reef Ichthyofauna Research Plan
   Alejandro Acosta, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Comission

Abstract: There is a considerable need to evaluate the status of coral reef-associated ichthyofauna given the well-documented decline of the coral reef in South Florida. Several coral reef fish monitoring programs are currently underway in South Florida using various methods. Differences in methods used in these programs make it difficult to integrate the results and compare reef fish trends at a large spatial scale such as South Florida. The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) has monitored the distribution and abundance of recreationally and commercially important reef fish for the last 5 years, but the power of the current visual sampling program needs to be evaluated to determine if the current sampling regime is robust enough to detect changes in fish size and identify population trends. The objectives of this proposal are two-fold: 1) to review and evaluate the existing FWRI reef fish program and other coral reef fish monitoring programs, and 2) develop a comprehensive sampling strategy for monitoring coral reef fish species in South Florida.

Award Matching Funds Total
$49,000.00 $16,333.00 $65,333.00

Year Funded Starting Date Ending Date
2004 7/1/2005 7/1/2006

Location: Monroe County

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