The Kosrae Coral Reef Monitoring Project -- Summary of Project Objectives
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The primary objectives of the Kosrae Mooring Buoy and Reef Protection Project are: 1) placement and maintenance of approximately 65 mooring buoy sites for use by local boats, including both fisherman and recreational dive operators, (completed), 2) documentation of the selected sites and collection of baseline data for buoy locations having a high potential to suffer impacts due to recreational diving and other activities,(completed), 3) development of a general program to provide on-going monitoring and data collection activities, (completed), 4) on-going collection of environmental and reef status data (in progress), 5) provision of educational materials to the Kosrean populace and visiting recreational divers (underway). Ongoing support of this program will be provided by a combination of local dive operators, representatives of the Kosrae State Dept. of Marine Resources, and international volunteers.
The project has now entered the phase during which monitoring protocols are being applied and data collection is continuing. The monitoring team for the coming season will develop video and photographic records, transect surveys, visibility data, water quality and other observational data consistent with protocols developed by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Reefcheck and others. This year's team will apply protocols designed to collect robust statistical data, as modified to address specific issues identified by the Kosrae State Dept. of Marine Resources. Collected data will be collated, entered into an archival database, analyzed and provided to the Dept. of Marine Resources and other researchers. Photo and video records will be processed in a manner consistent with its future use for comparative temporal studies.