The Estuarine Living Marine Resources ProgramEntry ID: NOS00024
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
Start Date: 1985-01-01Stop Date: 1997-12-31
AGRICULTURE > AGRICULTURAL AQUATIC SCIENCES > FISHERIES
OCEANS > COASTAL PROCESSES > ESTUARIES
OCEANS > AQUATIC SCIENCES > FISHERIES
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES
BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE ECOSYSTEMS > COASTAL
BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE ECOSYSTEMS > ESTUARY
BIOSPHERE > ECOSYSTEMS > MARINE ECOSYSTEMS
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS > ENDANGERED SPECIES
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > SPECIES/POPULATION INTERACTIONS > ENDANGERED SPECIES > REGIONAL THREATENED SPECIES
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > COMMUNITY DYNAMICS > INDICATOR SPECIES
BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS > COMMUNITY DYNAMICS > INDICATOR SPECIES > REGIONAL INDICATOR SPECIES
Data Set Progress
Phone: 301-713-3028, ext. 160
Email: Mark.Monaco at noaa.gov
Office of Ocean Resources Conservation and Assessment Strategic Environmental Assessment Division Biogeographic Assessments Branch NOAA/National Ocean Service
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).
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Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24