Rocky subtidal fish and invertebrate swath data from BC Central Coast, 2017-2020

The rocky subtidal fish and invertebrate dataset is a component of Hakai Institute’s Nearshore research and monitoring program. This dataset characterizes spatial and temporal trends in fish and invertebrates communities at 22 rocky bottom subtidal sites near Calvert Island on the Central Coast of British Columbia (2017-2020). Data coverage varies by year and habitat type. Habitats include unvegetated rocky reefs and kelp forests (Macrocystis pyrifera and Nereocystis luetkeana) that were surveyed by SCUBA along 30 m transects. The total length and abundance of all fish and large invertebrates excluding urchins were measured. Seastar wasting disease was also recorded on surveys. This dataset characterizes fish and invertebrate distributions and community-level relationships in rocky subtidal nearshore areas representative of British Columbia coast.

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Metadata Reference Date(s) January 13, 2022 (Revision)
January 24, 2022 (Publication)
Dataset Reference Date(s) December 08, 2019 (Publication)
Frequency of Update As Needed

Responsible Party 1
Ondine Pontier
Hakai Institute
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  • Custodian
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Responsible Party 2
Hakai Institute
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Field Value
Ocean Variables
  • Fish abundance and distribution
  • Other
Scope Dataset
Status On Going
Topic Category oceans
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