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AGRRA Training Aids

The following training aids have been found to be useful when training surveyors on the AGRRA protocol. These tools may be freely used for such purposes but any other purposes (including commercial uses) are strictly prohibited. To download the training materials listed below, it is suggested that you right click (if using a PC) on the links and select the "Save Link (Target) As..." menu option. This will ensure that the files will be saved with the proper filename extension.

 

Copyright© Notice

The images contained in the following electronic files are Copyright ©
New World Publications and Ken Marks and other colleagues.
Permission is granted to use these PowerPoint
presentations for educational purposes associated
with the Atlantic Gulf Reef Rapid Assessment (AGRRA) Program.

All other uses
(including commercial uses) are strictly prohibited.

 

 

Equipment

 

This PowerPoint presentation gives detailed directions and illustrations for creating the survey equipment used for the fish and benthos protocols.

·  AGRRA-Equipment.ppsx

 

Coral

These tools may be used as an introduction to stony corals and to train surveyors on coral species identification.

 

U/W Coral List

During in water training dives it can be useful to have a list of the AGRRA species and their corresponding codes printed in large type to aid in "show-and-tell" exercises. This list can be printed out on a sheet of U/W paper and attached to a clipboard to provide an easily visible list of the species that might be seen on a training dive. Pointing to the name is quicker and more legible than scrawling the name on an U/W slate. This list may be used by an instructor to indicate the name of the species after it has been pointed out to the students. Additionally, it may be used in buddy pairs of students to facilitate pair-wise training.

·  2013 Coral codes V5.5-alphabetical.pdf

·  2013 Coral codes V5.5-by shape group.pdf

 

Coral Frequency

This spreadsheet contains the coral species currently in the AGRRA database. Species are sorted by decreasing sighting abundance regardless of habitat. This can be a useful tool to focus attention of the most commonly seen species.

·  AGRRA_CoralFrequency.xlsx

 

Coral Training Course

These PowerPoint presentations are used to teach the identification of the coral species counted as part of the AGRRA coral belt transects. The Introduction to Coral Reefs provides an introduction to reef ecology covering the various functional groups: stony corals, algae, and fishes and includes topics such as: coral life-cycle, bleaching, diseases & mortality, coral-fish & herbivore-algae interactions.

·  AGRRA Introduction to Coral Reefs.ppsx

·  Coral ID-1.ppsx

·  Coral ID-2.ppsx

·  Coral ID-3.ppsx

·  Coral ID-4.ppsx

 

Coral Flash Cards

These "flash card" PowerPoint presentations can be used as an aid to commit the species' names to memory. First an image (without name) is presented. Advancing through the presentation (using the spacebar, right arrow key, or mouse click) displays the name of the species displayed (and its 4-letter code). Advancing again will display another species (again initially without the name being shown). Since PowerPoint does not have the capability of randomly shuffling the slides in the presentation, three variants of the coral flash cards are available with random ordering of the images to provide some variation. Additional images are added to facilitate learning the species and not the picture.

·  CoralFlash1.ppsx

·  CoralFlash2.ppsx

·  CoralFlash3.ppsx

 

Fish

These tools may be used to train surveyors on fish species identification and on the protocol used for the fish component of the AGRRA protocol.

 

U/W Fish List

During in water training dives it can be useful to have a list of the AGRRA species printed in large type to aid in "show-and-tell" exercises. This list can be printed out on a sheet of U/W paper and attached to a clipboard to provide an easily visible list of the species that might be seen on a training dive. Two formats are available - one full page and another that fits on half a page and may be more suited to the smaller slates used by the fish protocol. There is also a version of the list using the scientific names rather than the standard English common names. Pointing to the name is quicker and more legible than scrawling the name on an U/W slate. This list may be used by an instructor to indicate the name of the species after it has been pointed out to the students. Additionally, it may be used in buddy pairs of students to facilitate pair-wise training.

·  FISH List-V5.5.pdf

·  FISH List-V5.5 (6x9).pdf

·  FISH List-V5.5 - Scientific.pdf

·  FISH List-V5.5 (6x9) - Scientific.pdf

 

Fish Frequency

This spreadsheet contains the fish species currently in the AGRRA database. Species are listed by family and are sorted by decreasing sighting abundance regardless of habitat. This can be a useful tool to focus attention of the most commonly seen species.

·  AGRRA_FishFrequency.xlsx

 

Size Calibration Worksheet

An important component of the fish protocol is properly placing a sighted fish in the proper size category. Suggested practice for developing the skill of estimating the proper size class is to measure several inanimate objects during a dive and checking the estimate with an actual measurement. It is suggested that this exercise be done in water and not on land as it is important to train using the 25% magnification that occurs when viewing through mask underwater. Surveyors should locate stationary objects (sponges, corals, seafans, rocks, etc.) on a calibration dive and estimate (from a distance of a couple of meters) the horizontal width of the object to the nearest centimeter. The standard AGRRA fish T-bar marked off with black and white banding in 10 cm increments should then be used to obtain the actual width of the object. The estimated and actual sizes of these objects should be recorded on an underwater slate. Surveyors should practice estimating objects in all of the size classes and should use the actual measurements as feedback to tune their estimates so that they can reliably place objects of varying sizes in the proper size class. The fish size calibration worksheet may be used to record the surveyor's calibration efforts for future reference or may be photocopied on U/W paper and used in water as a data sheet while performing calibration exercises.

·  FishSizeCalibration.pdf

 

Fish Identification Training Course

This PowerPoint presentation and associated memory cues document are used to teach the identification of the fish species counted as part of the AGRRA fish transects. The fish memory cues document lists the common AGRRA fish species by family and provides a brief description of the key identification features as well as a mnemonic device (often silly) to help in remembering the species' common name. This document should be printed out and given to the surveyors while they view the training course on fish identification so they can make their own notes for each species. The training course provides one or more images of each of the species listed in the memory cues document (which the trainer may use for narration). Surveyors should be encouraged to come up with other memory cues and mnemonic devices that might aid in remembering the species' common names.

·  FishTraining.ppsx

·  FishMemoryCues.pdf

 

Fish Flash Cards

In a format similar to the PowerPoint fish training course described above, a "flash card" PowerPoint presentation can be used as an aid to commit the species' names to memory. First an image (without name) is presented. Advancing through the presentation (using the spacebar, right arrow key, or mouse click) displays the name of the species displayed. Advancing again will display another species (again initially without the name being shown). Since PowerPoint does not have the capability of randomly shuffling the slides in the presentation, three variants of the fish flash cards are available with random ordering of the images to provide some variation. Additional images are added to facilitate learning the species and not the picture.

·  FishFlash1.ppsx

·  FishFlash2.ppsx

·  FishFlash3.ppsx

 

 

Robert N. Ginsburg
Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment
MGG-RSMAS, University of Miami
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway
Miami, FL 33149
USA

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