The Seastar & Macroinvertebrate Dynamics dataset is a component of the Hakai Institute’s Nearshore research and monitoring program, designed to capture change in rocky intertidal habitats. The overarching objective of Hakai Nearshore research is to investigate the role of habitats and their associated communities in the face of stress and disturbances from global climate change and local coastal perturbations.
The Pisaster ochraceus community was assessed from 2016-2017 at three coastal sites along the northwest edge of Calvert Island on the Central Coast of British Columbia. All three sites were exposed rocky shorelines containing high abundances of P. ochraceus. The abundance, size, and health of P. ochraceus was surveyed within large, defined plot areas at each site. Other echinoderm species and Katharina tunicata chitons were also surveyed. The sites were surveyed on an approximately monthly basis from May-September.
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