What monitoring methods does MERMAID support? Can I add my own survey method?

MERMAID supports some of the most commonly used coral reef monitoring methods for both fish surveys and benthic transects:

  • Fish belt transects
  • Benthic point intercept transects (PIT)
  • Benthic line intercept transects (LIT)
  • Habitat complexity using a 0-5 scoring system along a transect

In the coming months, we plan to add new survey templates, like a rapid bleaching assessment template using roving observer quadrats. Also in development is the ability to add custom fields to survey methods, so that you can collect data in addition to what the survey method requires. Stay tuned!