MARMAP Blackfish Trap Survey 1990-2009Entry ID: MARMAP_Blackfish
Abstract: Abundance and biomass of fish species collected during the day from 1977 to 1989 off the coast of the southeastern United States (Cape Fear, NC to Cape Canaveral, FL). Blackfish traps were set on live-bottom reef areas at depths < 50 m. Blackfish trap were nearly cubic (0.6 m x 0.6 m x 0.5 m; 0.16 m3 volume) and constructed of 38-mm (1.5-inch) octagonal mesh ("chicken wire"). Each trap consisted of two entrances (0.13 m diameter, 0.09 m length) and one bait well (0.10 m diameter, 0.25 m length). Each trap was soaked between 90 and 120 minutes.
Purpose: For thirty years, the Marine Resources Research Institute (MRRI) at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), through the Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment and Prediction (MARMAP) program, has conducted fisheries-independent research on groundfish, reef fish, ichthyoplankton, and coastal pelagic fishes within the region between Cape Lookout, North Carolina, and Ft Pierce, ... Florida. The overall mission of the program has been to determine distribution, relative abundance, and critical habitat of economically and ecologically important fishes of the South Atlantic Bight (SAB), and to relate these features to environmental factors and exploitation activities. Research toward fulfilling these goals has included trawl surveys; ichthyoplankton surveys; location and mapping of reef habitat; sampling of reefs throughout the SAB; life history and population studies of priority species; tagging studies of commercially important species and special studies directed at specific management problems in the region. Survey work has also provided a monitoring program that has allowed the standardized sampling of fish populations over time and development of an historical base for future comparisons of long-term trends.
Annual MARMAP cruises to assess relative abundance of reef fishes in the sponge-coral and shelf edge (live bottom) habitats of the South Atlantic Bight (SAB) have been conducted since 1978. MARMAP currently samples natural live bottom habitat from Cape Lookout, NC to the Ft. Pierce area, FL. The current main MARMAP objectives are to:
(1) Sample reef fishes in the snapper-grouper complex at using a variety of gears in live bottom, rocky outcrop, high relief, and mud bottom habitats,
(2) Collect detailed data for time series description of species for annual composition and relative abundance,
(3) Obtain population characteristics on fish species of interest through life history information analysis, including age and growth, sex ratio, size and age of sexual maturation and transition, spawning season, fecundity, and diet. Priorities are dictated by the SEDAR schedule and other management considerations,
(4) Collect hydrographic data (e.g. depth, temperature, salinity, etc.) for comparison to fish abundance and composition indices,
(5) Collect DNA samples from selected fish species for stock identification,
(6) Expand sampling area in North Carolina and south Florida as well as reconnoiter new live bottom areas with underwater video (UWTV) to add to the MARMAP site database.
Record Count 7452, Taxa Count 48
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Marcel Reichert
Dataset Title: MARMAP Blackfish Trap Survey 1990-2009
Dataset Release Date: 2009
Dataset Release Place: Marine Resources Research Institute, South Carolina Dept of Natural Resources
Dataset Publisher: SCDNR/NOAA MARMAP Program
Data Presentation Form: Database
Other Citation Details: Retrieve from http://www.usgs.gov/obis-usa.
Start Date: 1977-05-17Stop Date: 1989-09-14
OCEANS > AQUATIC SCIENCES > FISHERIES
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > FISH > RAY-FINNED FISHES
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > FISH
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > DEMERSAL HABITAT
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > REEF HABITAT
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE HABITAT
Quality The data has been in use by the agency and other agencies since its inception. The database has undergone rigorous quality checks. Used Differential GPS. Data was truncated to 2nd decimal point (about 1500 meters) with respect to location due to confidentiality.
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Data Set Progress
Distribution Format: Text
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: reichertm at dnr.sc.gov
Marine Resources Research Institute PO Box 12559
Province or State: SC
Postal Code: 29422-2559
Country: United States of America
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-08-28
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-01-31