The Estuarine Living Marine Resources Program
Entry ID: NOS00024

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Summary
Abstract: The Estuarine Living Marine Resources Program (ELMR) program is a developing
project to produce a comprehensive data base on the relative abundance,
distribution and life history characteristics of selected fish and
invertebrate species in estuaries throughout the contiguous United States. The
program utilizes a consistent sampling strategy that enables comparisons to be
made among species, specific life stages and times of year within, and to a
lesser degree, among estuarine systems. The relative importance of individual
estuaries to specific species also may be determined. When completed, the data
base will contain information for approximately 153 fish and invertebrate
species from about 122 U.S. estuaries.

The spatial and temporal distribution, relative abundance, and life history
characteristics are examined for a variety of fish and invertebrate species
for selected estuaries. Species are selected according to a set of criteria,
which consider their commercial, recreational, and ecological value, as well as
their utility as an indicator of environmental stress. For each species and
estuary, data are compiled on the distribution of five life stages (adult,
spawning, egg, larva, and juvenile) by month and by salinity zone. In
addition, the relative abundance of each species, by life stage, month and
salinity zone, is estimated using a five-point scale, ranging from 'not
present' to 'highly abundant'. Estuarine life history information, which
summarizes how and when each species uses estuaries and what specific habitats
they use, also is compiled.

The ELMR program focuses on marine estuarine systems along the contiguous
United States. The program is organized into four regional components: The
Northeast (57 species in 34 estuaries), Southeast (40 species in 20 estuaries),
Gulf of Mexico (36 species in 13 estuaries), and West (47 species in 32
estuaries) Coasts. Estuaries are identified by the National Estuarine
Inventory. Spatial distributional data are presented for three salinity
zones; tidal fresh (0.0 to 0.5 parts per thousand (ppt)), mixing (0.5 to 25.0
ppt), and seawater (>25.0 ppt), that are delineated for each estuary in the
NEI.

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Description: Additional documentation on ELMR


Geographic Coverage
 N: 49.0 S: 24.0  E: -66.0  W: -125.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1985-01-01
Stop Date: 1997-12-31


Location Keywords
OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > COAST
OCEAN > PACIFIC OCEAN > COAST
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > COAST
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > COAST


Science Keywords
AGRICULTURE >AGRICULTURAL AQUATIC SCIENCES >FISHERIES    [Definition]
OCEANS >COASTAL PROCESSES >ESTUARIES    [Definition]
OCEANS >AQUATIC SCIENCES >FISHERIES    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >COASTAL HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >ESTUARINE HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >MARINE HABITAT    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS >ENDANGERED SPECIES    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS >ENDANGERED SPECIES >REGIONAL THREATENED SPECIES    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >COMMUNITY DYNAMICS >INDICATOR SPECIES    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >COMMUNITY DYNAMICS >INDICATOR SPECIES >REGIONAL INDICATOR SPECIES    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
FARMING
BIOTA


Keywords
CONSERVATION


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Originating Center
NOAA/NOS/ORCA/SEA


Data Center
Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, National Ocean Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/

Data Center Personnel
Name: COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR NCCOS
Email: nccos at cop.noaa.gov
Contact Address:
Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
National Ocean Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
1305 East-West Highway
City: Silver Spring
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20910
Country: USA


Personnel
MARK MONACO
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 301-713-3028, ext. 160
Email: Mark.Monaco at noaa.gov
Contact Address:
Office of Ocean Resources Conservation and Assessment
Strategic Environmental Assessment Division
Biogeographic Assessments Branch
NOAA/National Ocean Service


Publications/References
o ELMR Report 3: The Distribution and Abundance of Fishes and Invertebrates
in Texas Estuaries, (1989).

o ELMR Report 4: The Distribution and Abundance of Fishes and Invertebrates
in West Coast Estuaries, Volume I: Data Summaries, (1990).

o ELMR Report 5: A Proposed Estuarine Classification: Analysis of Species
Salinity Ranges, (1990).

o ELMR Report 6: The Distribution and Abundance of Fishes and Invertebrates
in Eastern Gulf of Mexico Estuaries, (1990).

o ELMR Report 7: The Distribution and Abundance of Fishes and Invertebrates
in Central Gulf of Mexico Estuaries, (1991).

o ELMR Report 8: Fishes and Invertebrates in West Coast Estuaries, Volume II:
Life History Summaries, (1991).

o ELMR Report 9: The Distribution and Abundance of Fishes and Invertebrates
in Southeast Estuaries, (1991).

Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-09-26

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