Virgin Islands National Park Coral Transplant StudyEntry ID: VINPCoralTransplantStudy
Abstract: In a pilot project in the Caribbean (Virgin Islands National Park, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands), storm-produced fragments of Acropora palmata, Acropora cervicornis, and Porites porites were collected from donor reefs and transplanted to nearby degraded reefs. Sixty coral fragments were attached to dead-coral substrate (usually upright Acropora palmata skeletons), at similar depths from which they had been collected (1 to 3.5 m), using nylon cable ties. Seventy-five intact colonies were designated as reference colonies. Study colonies were assessed at 6-month intervals for 2 years (1999-2001) and annually thereafter (through 2009).
Purpose: The primary research objective was to evaluate the feasibility of using storm-produced coral fragments as the source of coral transplants to enhance degraded reefs.
See http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/coral-transplant/ for information regarding study. Site includes link to publication: Garrison, V., Ward, G. 2008. Storm-generated coral fragments – A viable source of transplants for reef rehabilitation. Biological Conservation 141: 3089-3100.
Data was published May 18, 2010 on the OBIS-USA web site and is available at http://www.usgs.gov/obis-usa.
Record Count 908, Taxa Count 3
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Garrison, V.H.
Dataset Title: Virgin Islands National Park Coral Transplant Study
Dataset Release Date: 2010
Dataset Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey Southeast Ecological Science Center
Data Presentation Form: databaseOnline Resource: http://www.usgs.gov/obis-usa
Start Date: 1999-05-26Stop Date: 2009-04-04
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > HABITAT CONVERSION/FRAGMENTATION > RECLAMATION/REVEGETATION/RESTORATION
OCEANS > COASTAL PROCESSES > CORAL REEFS
HUMAN DIMENSIONS > HABITAT CONVERSION/FRAGMENTATION
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > CNIDARIANS > ANTHOZOANS/HEXACORALS > HARD OR STONY CORALS
BIOSPHERE > AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS > REEF HABITAT
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Distribution Format: Text
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2010-05-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-01-20