AIMS Long-term Monitoring Program: Visual Census Fish Data (Great Barrier Reef)


Temporal Range: From 17-Jun-1992 On Going

Resource Summary

About 50 selected reefs throughout the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) are sampled in the AIMS Long-term Monitoring Project (LTMP). A visual census of fish on fixed transects (3 sites per reef, 5 x 50 m transects per site). Fishes from a list of 191 species, representing 10 families, are counted.

Individuals, Genus, Species are counted for a prescribed list of 212 species: all the parrotfishes, damselfishes, surgeon fishes, butterflyfishes, and some others. A full list of species observed each year are included in the appendices of each AIMS status report.

In 2004 a new zoning plan was implemented in the Great Barrier reef Marine Park and in 2006 the pattern of surveys was changed. The original set of reefs (47) are surveyed in odd years (e.g. 2007) and a different set (56 reefs) are surveyed in even years. The new set consists of paired reefs (one no-take, and one open to fishing) surveyed to assess the effects of rezoning. The paired reefs are near Cairns and Innisfail, Townsville, Mackay, the Swain Reefs and the Capricorn-Brunker group.

The lengths of coral trout only are standardly recorded.

To detect changes in reef fish communities over time at a regional scale.

All fish species counted are largely non-cryptic, easily identified underwater and include both commercial and non-commercial taxa. Because surveys span the annual recruitment season, 0+ individuals are excluded from counts: these are distinguished from adults by their small size and often distinctive colouration.

Abundance data for each fish species is subsequently summed over the five transects at each site on each reef to provide reasonable sample sizes for analysis and interpretation.

Updated results of surveys can be found at:
https://www.aims.gov.au/docs/research/monitoring/reef/latest-surveys.html

A subset of the data has been provided to the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS, http://www.iobis.org/explore/#/dataset/3936).

Data have been used for the e-Atlas:
http://eatlas.org.au/data/uuid/05bde62a-70ec-407b-b999-30cf369498af

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Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). (2017). AIMS Long-term Monitoring Program: Visual Census Fish Data (Great Barrier Reef), https://apps.aims.gov.au/metadata/view/5be0b340-4ade-11dc-8f56-00008a07204e, accessed 27-Sep-2020.
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Subset of this data collected as part of the NERP TE 8.1 project on the paired zoning reefs.: Subset of this data collected as part of the NERP TE 8.1 project on the paired zoning reefs.
Subset of this data collected as part of the NERP TE 1.1 project on the standard set of reefs.: Subset of this data collected as part of the NERP TE 1.1 project on the standard set of reefs.
NERP TE Project 8.1 - Monitoring the ecological effects of GBR zoning plan on mid and outer shelf reefs: NERP TE Project 8.1 - Monitoring the ecological effects of GBR zoning plan on mid and outer shelf reefs
AIMS long-term reef monitoring program
NERP TE Project 1.1 - Monitoring status and trends of coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef: NERP TE Project 1.1 - Monitoring status and trends of coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef
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