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Data from: Long-term monitoring dataset of fish assemblages impinged at nuclear power plants in northern Taiwan

Citation

Chen, Hungyen et al. (2016), Data from: Long-term monitoring dataset of fish assemblages impinged at nuclear power plants in northern Taiwan, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.m777t

Abstract

The long-term species diversity patterns in marine fish communities are garnering increasing attention from ecologists and conservation biologists. However, current databases on quantitative abundance information lack consistent long-term time series, which are particularly important in exploring the possible underlying mechanism of community changes and evaluating the effectiveness of biodiversity conservation measures. Here we describe an impinged fish assemblage dataset containing 1, 283, 707 individuals from 439 taxa. Once a month over 19 years (1987–1990 and 2000–2014), we systematically collected the fish killed by impingement upon cooling water intake screens at two nuclear power plants on the northern coast of Taiwan. Because impingement surveys have low sampling errors and can be carried out over many years, they serve as an ideal sampling tool for monitoring how fish diversity and community structure vary over an extended period of time.

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