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Dataset Title:  Record of lionfish sighted and/or collected near Little Cayman Island,
2010 (Lionfish Invasion project)
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Institution:  BCO-DMO   (Dataset ID: bcodmo_dataset_3989)
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 site (code) ?          "Black_Tip_Tunnels"    "Tibbits_Top"
 latitude (degrees_north) ?          19.6566    19.71462
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 longitude (degrees_east) ?          -80.1069    -79.95831
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 fish_id (code) ?          1    219
 date_found (unitless) ?          "02/03/2010"    "3/??/2010"
 location (text) ?          "0 deg from L118"    "~50m / 90 deg to m..."
 depth_ft (Depth, feet) ?          25.0    39.0
 len_tot_est (cm) ?          7.0    30.0
 len_tot (cm) ?          2.4    31.2
 dorsal_spine_clipped (code) ?          "2"    "Only 2; 3; 7; 8 ar..."
 tag_num (code) ?          "Black 001"    "Yellow 0061"
 orientation (text) ?          "N. side of rock"    "upside down under ..."
 person (text) ?          "BOB"    "TK"
 used_for (text) ?          "Fin clip; otoliths..."    "Time Budget; Paras..."
 notes (text) ?          "Collected on 7/18/..."    "whitish tipped fins"
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The Dataset Attribute Structure (.das) for this Dataset

Attributes {
 s {
  site {
    String bcodmo_name "site";
    String description "Name of the dive site.";
    String long_name "Site";
    String units "code";
  latitude {
    String _CoordinateAxisType "Lat";
    Float64 _FillValue NaN;
    Float64 actual_range 19.6566, 19.71462;
    String axis "Y";
    String bcodmo_name "latitude";
    Float64 colorBarMaximum 90.0;
    Float64 colorBarMinimum -90.0;
    String description "Latitude of the reef site.";
    String ioos_category "Location";
    String long_name "Latitude";
    String nerc_identifier "https://vocab.nerc.ac.uk/collection/P09/current/LATX/";
    String standard_name "latitude";
    String units "degrees_north";
  longitude {
    String _CoordinateAxisType "Lon";
    Float64 _FillValue NaN;
    Float64 actual_range -80.1069, -79.95831;
    String axis "X";
    String bcodmo_name "longitude";
    Float64 colorBarMaximum 180.0;
    Float64 colorBarMinimum -180.0;
    String description "Longitude of the reef site.";
    String ioos_category "Location";
    String long_name "Longitude";
    String nerc_identifier "https://vocab.nerc.ac.uk/collection/P09/current/LONX/";
    String standard_name "longitude";
    String units "degrees_east";
  fish_id {
    Int16 _FillValue 32767;
    Int16 actual_range 1, 219;
    String bcodmo_name "unknown";
    String description "Unique ID code for each lionfish.";
    String long_name "Fish Id";
    String units "code";
  date_found {
    String bcodmo_name "date";
    String description "The date that the lionfish was first observed or collected in mm/dd/YYYY format.";
    String long_name "Date Found";
    String nerc_identifier "https://vocab.nerc.ac.uk/collection/P01/current/ADATAA01/";
    String units "unitless";
  location {
    String bcodmo_name "unknown";
    String description "Description of specific location within dive sites where lionfish were discovered.";
    String long_name "Location";
    String units "text";
  depth_ft {
    Float64 _FillValue NaN;
    Float64 actual_range 25.0, 39.0;
    String bcodmo_name "unknown";
    Float64 colorBarMaximum 8000.0;
    Float64 colorBarMinimum -8000.0;
    String colorBarPalette "TopographyDepth";
    String description "Depth where lionfish were discovered (in feet).";
    String long_name "Depth";
    String standard_name "depth";
    String units "feet";
  len_tot_est {
    Float32 _FillValue NaN;
    Float32 actual_range 7.0, 30.0;
    String bcodmo_name "fish_len";
    String description "Underwater visual estimates of total body length of lionfish (cenimeters).";
    String long_name "Len Tot Est";
    String units "cm";
  len_tot {
    Float32 _FillValue NaN;
    Float32 actual_range 2.4, 31.2;
    String bcodmo_name "fish_len";
    String description "If lionfish were collected, lionfish total body length was measured (in centimeters).";
    String long_name "Len Tot";
    String units "cm";
  dorsal_spine_clipped {
    String bcodmo_name "unknown";
    String description 
"Dorsal spines clipped for identification.
number = which dorsal spines (1-13, head to caudal) were clipped.";
    String long_name "Dorsal Spine Clipped";
    String units "code";
  tag_num {
    String bcodmo_name "tagid";
    String description 
"Description of tag location:
elastomer tag code = side of body - tag color + position. (e.g. L-RUC = left side - red tag on upper caudal);
streamer tag code = tag color + ID number (e.g. Black 005)";
    String long_name "Tag Num";
    String units "code";
  orientation {
    String bcodmo_name "unknown";
    String description "Description of body positioning of each lionfish.";
    String long_name "Orientation";
    String units "text";
  person {
    String bcodmo_name "person";
    String description "Person who observed individual lionfish (MH = Mark Hixon; FM = Flower Moye; TK = Tye Kindinger; CB = Casey Benkwitt; LT = Lillian Tuttle;BOB = divemaster Bob from Pirate's Cove Resort; Neil = Neil Van Niekerk)";
    String long_name "Person";
    String units "text";
  used_for {
    String bcodmo_name "comment";
    String description 
"Which studies individual lionfish were used (if any):
Growth & Survival =  comparative lionfish growth study (Pacific vs. Atlantic lionfish)
Time Budget = comparative lionfish behavior study (Pacific vs. Atlantic lionfish)
Parasites = comparative lionfish parasite study (Pacific vs. Atlantic lionfish)
Otoliths, Fin Clips, Gut Contents = additional data collected from lionfish to enhance understanding of lionfish biology";
    String long_name "Used For";
    String units "text";
  notes {
    String bcodmo_name "comment";
    String description "Additional notes about lionfish observed.";
    String long_name "Notes";
    String units "text";
    String access_formats ".htmlTable,.csv,.json,.mat,.nc,.tsv,.esriCsv,.geoJson";
    String acquisition_description 
"Information was recorded on all invasive lionfish sighted (including lionfish
that were collected) during fieldwork at Little Cayman island, Cayman Islands
from 03 Feb to 20 Aug 2010.";
    String awards_0_award_nid "55160";
    String awards_0_award_number "OCE-0851162";
    String awards_0_data_url "http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=0851162";
    String awards_0_funder_name "NSF Division of Ocean Sciences";
    String awards_0_funding_acronym "NSF OCE";
    String awards_0_funding_source_nid "355";
    String awards_0_program_manager "David L. Garrison";
    String awards_0_program_manager_nid "50534";
    String cdm_data_type "Other";
    String comment 
"Lionfish Sighted and/or Collected at Little Cayman Island, 2010 
  (From sub-project \"Little Caymna 2010 lionfish sightings and  
   collections database\") 
 Lead PI: Mark Hixon (OSU) 
 Sub-Project Lead: Tye L. Kindinger (OSU) 
 Version: 03 July 2013";
    String Conventions "COARDS, CF-1.6, ACDD-1.3";
    String creator_email "info@bco-dmo.org";
    String creator_name "BCO-DMO";
    String creator_type "institution";
    String creator_url "https://www.bco-dmo.org/";
    String data_source "extract_data_as_tsv version 2.3  19 Dec 2019";
    String date_created "2013-07-05T20:02:50Z";
    String date_modified "2019-11-12T20:24:38Z";
    String defaultDataQuery "&amp;time&lt;now";
    String doi "10.1575/1912/bco-dmo.3989.1";
    Float64 Easternmost_Easting -79.95831;
    Float64 geospatial_lat_max 19.71462;
    Float64 geospatial_lat_min 19.6566;
    String geospatial_lat_units "degrees_north";
    Float64 geospatial_lon_max -79.95831;
    Float64 geospatial_lon_min -80.1069;
    String geospatial_lon_units "degrees_east";
    String history 
"2020-08-11T09:37:49Z (local files)
2020-08-11T09:37:49Z https://erddap.bco-dmo.org/erddap/tabledap/bcodmo_dataset_3989.html";
    String infoUrl "https://www.bco-dmo.org/dataset/3989";
    String institution "BCO-DMO";
    String keywords "bco, bco-dmo, biological, chemical, clipped, data, dataset, date, date_found, depth, depth_ft, dmo, dorsal, dorsal_spine_clipped, erddap, est, fish, fish_id, found, latitude, len, len_tot, len_tot_est, longitude, management, notes, num, oceanography, office, orientation, person, preliminary, site, spine, tag, tag_num, tot, used, used_for";
    String license "https://www.bco-dmo.org/dataset/3989/license";
    String metadata_source "https://www.bco-dmo.org/api/dataset/3989";
    Float64 Northernmost_Northing 19.71462;
    String param_mapping "{'3989': {'lat': 'master - latitude', 'lon': 'master - longitude', 'depth_ft': 'flag - depth'}}";
    String parameter_source "https://www.bco-dmo.org/mapserver/dataset/3989/parameters";
    String people_0_affiliation "Oregon State University";
    String people_0_affiliation_acronym "OSU";
    String people_0_person_name "Mark Hixon";
    String people_0_person_nid "51647";
    String people_0_role "Lead Principal Investigator";
    String people_0_role_type "originator";
    String people_1_affiliation "Oregon State University";
    String people_1_affiliation_acronym "OSU";
    String people_1_person_name "Tye L. Kindinger";
    String people_1_person_nid "51707";
    String people_1_role "Scientist";
    String people_1_role_type "originator";
    String people_2_affiliation "Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution";
    String people_2_affiliation_acronym "WHOI BCO-DMO";
    String people_2_person_name "Shannon Rauch";
    String people_2_person_nid "51498";
    String people_2_role "BCO-DMO Data Manager";
    String people_2_role_type "related";
    String project "Lionfish Invasion";
    String projects_0_acronym "Lionfish Invasion";
    String projects_0_description 
"Invasive species are increasingly introduced by human activities to new regions of the world where those species have never existed previously. In the absence of natural enemies (predators, competitors, and diseases) from their homeland, invasives may have strong negative effects on invaded ecosystems, especially systems with fewer species (\"ecological release\"), and may even drive native species extinct. However, if native natural enemies can somehow control the invaders (\"ecological resistance\"), then ecological disruption can be prevented or at least moderated. Most of the many invasive species in the sea have been seaweeds and invertebrates, and the few documented invasive marine fishes have not caused major problems. However, this situation has recently changed in a stunning and ominous way. In the early 1990s, lionfish (Pterois volitans) from the Pacific Ocean were accidentally or intentionally released from aquaria to the ocean in the vicinity of Florida. Camouflaged by shape and color, protected by venomous spines, consuming native coral-reef fishes voraciously, and reproducing rapidly, lionfish have subsequently undergone a population explosion. They now range from the mid-Atlantic coast of the US to the Caribbean, including the Bahamas. Native Atlantic fishes have never before encountered this spiny, stealthy, efficient predator and seldom take evasive action. In fact, the investigator has documented that a single lionfish is capable of reducing the abundance of small fish on a small coral patch reef by nearly 80% in just 5 weeks. There is great concern that invasive lionfish may severely reduce the abundance of native coral-reef fishes important as food for humans (e.g., grouper and snapper in their juvenile stages) as well as species that normally maintain the integrity of coral reefs (e.g., grazing parrotfishes that can prevent seaweeds from smothering corals). There are far more species of coral-reef fish in the Pacific than the Atlantic, so this invasion may represent a case of extreme ecological release with minor ecological resistance. Dr. Hixon and colleagues will study the mechanisms of ecological release in lionfish, as well as examine potential sources of ecological resistance in the heavily invaded Bahamas. Because very little is known about the ecology and behavior of lionfish in their native Pacific range, he will also conduct comparative studies in both oceans, which may provide clues regarding the extreme success of this invasion. In the Bahamas, the investigator will document the direct and indirect effects on native species of the ecological release of lionfish, both as a predator and as a competitor. These studies will be conducted at various scales of time and space, from short-term experiments on small patch reefs, to long-term experiments and observations on large reefs. Whereas direct effects involve mostly changes in the abundance of native species, indirect effects can be highly variable. For example, lionfish may actually indirectly benefit some native species by either consuming or outcompeting the competitors of those natives. The project will explore possible ecological resistance to the invasion by determining whether any native Bahamian species are effective natural enemies of lionfish, including predators, parasites, and competitors of both juvenile and adult lionfish. Comparative studies of natural enemies, as well as lionfish ecology and behavior, in both the Atlantic and the Pacific may provide clues regarding the explosive spread of lionfish in the Atlantic.
Regarding broader impacts, this basic research will provide information valuable to coral-reef and fisheries managers fighting the lionfish invasion in the US, the Bahamas, and the greater Caribbean, especially if sources of native ecological resistance are identified. The study will fund the PhD research of U.S. graduate students, as well as involve assistance and participation by a broad variety of undergraduates and reef/fisheries managers, including women, minorities, native Bahamians, and native Pacific islanders. Participation in this project will promote education in marine ecology and conservation biology directly via Dr. Hixon's and graduate students' teaching and outreach activities, and indirectly via the experiences of undergraduate field assistants and various associates.";
    String projects_0_end_date "2012-11";
    String projects_0_geolocation "Bahamas; Cayman Islands; Mariana Islands; Philippines";
    String projects_0_name "Ecological Release and Resistance at Sea: Invasion of Atlantic Coral Reefs by Pacific Lionfish";
    String projects_0_project_nid "2256";
    String projects_0_project_website "http://hixon.science.oregonstate.edu/content/highlight-lionfish-invasion";
    String projects_0_start_date "2009-06";
    String publisher_name "Biological and Chemical Oceanographic Data Management Office (BCO-DMO)";
    String publisher_type "institution";
    String sourceUrl "(local files)";
    Float64 Southernmost_Northing 19.6566;
    String standard_name_vocabulary "CF Standard Name Table v55";
    String summary "This dataset includes dates, locations, and biological information (e.g. length) of all lionfish (Pterois volitans) that were observed and/or collected during field studies at coral reefs near Little Cayman Island, Cayman Islands during the summer of 2010. This dataset includes both lionfish that were sighted (but not handled) and those that were collected.";
    String title "Record of lionfish sighted and/or collected near Little Cayman Island, 2010 (Lionfish Invasion project)";
    String version "1";
    Float64 Westernmost_Easting -80.1069;
    String xml_source "osprey2erddap.update_xml() v1.3";


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