The structure and persistence of reef fish assemblages of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Pattengill, C. V.. 1998. The structure and persistence of reef fish assemblages of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

Doctoral Dissertation, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. . 176pp.

Chapters 2, 4, and 5 of this dissertation present data collected using the RDT. Chapter 2 presents the complete fish assemblage reported by RDT and Stationary Diver Technique (SDT; referred to in Bohnsack, 1996, as the SST) surveys over three years of semi-annual surveys of the Flower Gardens and Stetson Bank, in the northwest Gulf of Mexico. Chapter 4 examines the quality of fish census data generated by REEF nonexperts, and was published in the Journal of Gulf of Mexico Science (Pattengill-Semmens and Semmens, 1998). Chapter 5 provides discussion on the applications and reasons for choosing the RDT and the SDT for this project. A comparison between the abundance estimates of the two methods and the biases inherent in each is also given.

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