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Optimization and expansion of Gulf-wide video survey efforts to better characterize temporal and spatial variability in reef fish assemblages in response to drivers at multiple scales: G-FISHER Program

Implementing Organization

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)


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Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 4: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program


Project Category


Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Fish/Fish Habitats

Project Description

Gulf of Mexico reef fish assemblages are not well understood. Our understanding is limited by a lack of information on how reef fish populations respond to change and the processes that drive their response.This project integrates efforts from three regional reef fish surveys that involve habitat mapping and underwater video surveys with additional sampling. New analytical approaches will be developed to integrate historical and new data, analyze time-series (i.e., samples repeatedly collected at the same location), and examine interannual trends from 1992 to 2024. These analytical approaches will be applied to survey data to answer questions related to responses of multiple species to changing conditions.


Theodore (Ted) Switzer
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Project Partners

NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC), MCC Statistical Consulting

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