Systematic global assessment of reef fish communities by the Reef Life Survey program.
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Edgar, Graham J.
Stuart-Smith, Rick D.
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Discussion of the Reef Life Survey Methods Manual: https://www.oceanbestpractices.net/handle/11329/447. Established in 2007 as a means to overcome the shortage of resources and capacity to provide quantitative data on marine species over large temporal and spatial scales, the Reef Life Survey (RLS) program has involved data collection by an international network of trained volunteer (or ‘citizen’) scientists and professional biologists largely acting in a voluntary capacity. Focussing on quality of outputs and consistency of data through selective inclusion and training of volunteer participants, rather than broader engagement of all interested, RLS fills a niche between other citizen science programs and large-scale professional initiatives such as the Census of Marine Life. The RLS program represents a marine analogue to well-organized and large-scale amateur bird watching programs (e.g., eBird and the Christmas Bird Count), but with a more structured quantitative sampling me.....
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.2
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Hard coral cover and composition
Fish abundance and distribution
Macroalgal canopy cover
Best Practice TypeBest Practice
CitationEdgar, G.J. and Stuart-Smith, R.D. (2014) Systematic global assessment of reef fish communities by the Reef Life Survey program. Scientific Data, 1, 140007, 8pp. DOI: 10.1038/sdata.2014.7.