Short Citation:
Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 2019: CRCP-Surveillance of wild and outplanted A.cervicornis,

Item Identification

Title: CRCP-Surveillance of wild and outplanted A.cervicornis
Short Name: Surveillance of wild and outplanted staghorn coral (A.cervicornis)
Status: Completed

The threatened status (both ecologically and legally) of Caribbean staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis, has prompted rapidly expanding efforts in culture and restocking, although tissue loss diseases and predation continue to affect populations. In this study, surveillance of disease and predation conditions was used to compare dynamics and conditions in both restored and extant wild populations in order to better understand characteristics of restored populations and inform the possible implementation of differential health management strategies for wild vs. restored populations. Surveys at multiple sites with colonies were conducted every 2 to 4 weeks during two summer seasons to document disease and predation prevalence and disease incidence. Additional work in a third year focused on quantifying the effects of fireworm predation on restored corals, including healing times. In addition to surveillance, experimental tests were performed for possible proactive interventions designed to mitigate both disease and fireworm predation conditions


To compare disease and predation effects between wild and outplanted/restored colonies of Acropora cervicornis


This project had both monitoring/assessment and experimental components.

This dataset pertains to a 2 year, multifaceted study comparing disease and predation dynamics between restored and wild populations of Acropora cervicornis

Other Citation Details:

Disease dynamics and potential mitigation among restored and wild staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis

Margaret W. Miller, Kathryn E. Lohr, Caitlin M. Cameron, Dana E. Williams, Esther C. Peters

Miller MW, Marmet C, Cameron CM, Williams DE. (2014) Prevalence, consequences, and mitigation of fireworm predation on endangered staghorn coral. Mar Ecol Prog Ser. 516: 187–194. doi: 10.3354/meps10996

NCEI Accession 0159175


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None A.cervicornis
None Coral restoration
None CRF Nursery Reef
None Disease
None Predation

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 2011-2012

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Aquarius Reef
None Conch Shallow Reef
None Florida Keys
None French Reef
None KL Dry Rocks
None Little Conch Reef
None Molasses Reef
None Pickles Reef
None Tav Patch A
None Tav Patch b

Physical Location

Organization: Southeast Fisheries Science Center
City: Miami
State/Province: FL
Country: USA
Location Description:

Location Of The Main Office Of The South East Fisheries Science Center

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Presentation Form: Table (digital)
Instrument (Deprecated): digital cameras
Platform (Deprecated): N/A
Physical Collection / Fishing Gear (Deprecated): N/A

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 277365
Date Effective From: 2011
Date Effective To: 2017-04
Contact (Person): Miller, Margaret W


CC ID: 279909
Date Effective From: 2011
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
Phone: (305)361-5761
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 279910
Date Effective From: 2011
Date Effective To: 2017-04
Contact (Person): Miller, Margaret W

Point of Contact

CC ID: 279911
Date Effective From: 2011
Date Effective To: 2017-04
Contact (Person): Miller, Margaret W


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 279914
W° Bound: -80.47016666667
E° Bound: -80.29733333333
N° Bound: 25.12416666667
S° Bound: 24.94633333333

Reef sites in the upper Keys ranging from Conch reef to Key Largo Dry Rocks; specifically

Reef Names



Conch Shallow

KL Dry Rocks

Tav Patch A

Tav Patch B

Little Conch

CRF Nursery

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 279913
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2011
End: 2013

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Policy:

Open to everyone

Data Access Procedure:

Navigate to supplied landing page and then follow links to download as needed

Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Please cite apporpriately

Metadata Access Constraints:


Metadata Use Constraints:

Please cite apporpriately

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 283050
Download URL:

Landing Page for Down Loading Data

Review Status: Not Chked



CC ID: 248755
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: .pdf

Peer-reviewed publication


CC ID: 248756
URL Type:
Online Resource

Peer-reviewed publication


CC ID: 380293
URL Type:
Online Resource

Landing Page For NCEI dataset archive and download.

Data Quality

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Field observations were backed up with photographs for verification. Disease conditions were validated with histopathological examination as described in publication:MW Miller, KE Lohr, CM Cameron, DE Williams, EC Peters. Disease dynamics and potential mitigation among restored and wild staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis. PeerJ 2:e541

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: No
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: 0
Do these Data Comply with the Data Access Directive?: Yes
Is Access to the Data Limited Based on an Approved Waiver?: No
If Distributor (Data Hosting Service) is Needed, Please Indicate: No
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: 365
If Delay is Longer than Latency of Automated Processing, Indicate Under What Authority Data Access is Delayed:


Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: NCEI-MD
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: 365
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

Already Received By Archive


Lineage Statement:

Data recorded in situ by divers on paper forms. Photographs also recorded of each colony for backup/QA/QC. Observers entered data from paper forms to spreadsheets. In some cases, time series photographs were analyzed to evaluate healing of lesions on colonies.

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 283049

Data were entered from field data sheets into spreadsheets.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 22438
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2014-10-31 10:15+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2018-12-14 13:37+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2016-11-28
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2017-11-29
Linking Share Level (Deprecated): Within this Item's Project