Document Type

Internship Report

Publication Date

Spring 2016


The South Florida / Caribbean Network’s Marine Exploited Invertebrates Vital Sign includes the following species: spiny lobster, pink shrimp, queen conch, crabs, sponges, oysters, and whelk. This protocol development summary outlines the background, rationale, and sampling design for monitoring the Caribbean spiny lobster ((Panulirus argus) in parks within the South Florida/Caribbean Network (SFCN). The SFCN is one of 32 networks of parks within the National Park Service (NPS) Inventory and Monitoring Program. The network consists of seven national park units spanning south Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands: Big Cypress National Preserve (BICY), Biscayne National Park (BISC), Buck Island Reef National Monument (BUIS), Dry Tortugas National Park (DRTO), Everglades National Park (EVER), Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve (SARI), and Virgin Islands National Park (VIIS). The Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument (VICR) was created after the establishment of the SFCN, and so far has not been incorporated into the network. This protocol is focused on those parks (VIIS, BUIS, SARI, BISC, and DRTO) that contain marine habitat suitable for spiny lobster.


Department: MBE

MPS Track: TME


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