Seasonal Variability of Kelp Forest Fishes and the Implications for Sampling Frequency in a Citizen Science Monitoring Program

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Seasonal Variability of Kelp Forest Fishes and the Implications for Sampling Frequency in a Citizen Science Monitoring Program

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dc.contributor.author Prindle, C en_US
dc.contributor.author Lindholm, J en_US
dc.contributor.author Friewald, J en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-11-05T05:30:37Z
dc.date.available 2013-11-05T05:30:37Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.citation In: Steller D, Lobel L, eds. Diving for Science 2012. Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 31st Symposium. Dauphin Island, AL: AAUS; 2012. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9800423-6-8 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/10317
dc.description American Academy of Underwater Sciences (http://www.aaus.org/) en_US
dc.description.abstract A significant challenge for most programs engaged in monitoring California’s kelp forest ecosystems is the limited frequency at which kelp forest fishes are sampled, often due to limited funding. Citizen-based monitoring programs are often better able to expand their monitoring efforts to capture seasonal or random variations in species abundances than agency or academic programs. We evaluated the citizen-based Reef Check California (RCCA) fish survey protocol for its potential to capture seasonal variations in kelp forest fishes by monitoring multiple times per year at a single location. Diver surveys were replicated in each major oceanographic season from March 2009-July 2010 in the Monterey Bay, California. We examined the difference in fish populations between the two seasons by conducting t-tests upwelling and non upwelling months for all species. Results indicate that 1) the local abundance of selected fish species and/or species groups was subject to substantial temporal variation among oceanographic seasons, and 2) that RCCA could expand monitoring efforts to capture continuous seasonal patterns, change between oceanographic seasons and within season variability in kelp forest fishes. This type of higher frequency sampling, combined with long-term monitoring would better inform marine management decisions. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) en_US
dc.subject scientific diving en_US
dc.subject Ecological Monitoring en_US
dc.subject Kelp Forest Fish en_US
dc.subject Citizen Science en_US
dc.subject Seasonal Variation en_US
dc.subject Reef Check California en_US
dc.subject species en_US
dc.subject population ecology en_US
dc.subject monitoring program en_US
dc.subject methods en_US
dc.title Seasonal Variability of Kelp Forest Fishes and the Implications for Sampling Frequency in a Citizen Science Monitoring Program en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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