Data from: Time series dataset of fish assemblages near thermal discharges at nuclear power plants in northern Taiwan
Chen, Hungyen; Chen, Ching-Yi; Shao, Kwang-Tsao (2019), Data from: Time series dataset of fish assemblages near thermal discharges at nuclear power plants in northern Taiwan, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.7hf2j
Long-term time series datasets with consistent sampling methods are rather rare, especially the ones of non-target coastal fishes. Here we described a long-term time series dataset of fish collected by trammel net fish sampling and observed by an underwater diving visual census near the thermal discharges at two nuclear power plants on the northern coast of Taiwan. Both experimental and control stations of these two investigations were monitored four times per year in the surrounding seas at both plants from 2000 to 2017. The underwater visual census mainly monitored reef fish assemblages and trammel net samples monitored pelagic or demersal fishes above the muddy/sandy bottom. In total, 508 samples containing 203,863 individuals from 347 taxa were recorded in both investigations at both plants. These data can be used by ecologists and fishery biologists interested in the elucidation of the temporal patterns of species abundance and composition.