Introducing the Coral Sample Registry: A unified coral sample collection database in support of coral reef conservation worldwide

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Moura, Amelia , Winters, R. Scott

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In the past decade the field of coral reef restoration has experienced a proliferation of data detailing coral strains used in research and restoration management, with no sign of information abatement. Restoration practitioners maintain internal records on fragment collection, genet performance, and out planting location and survivorship. Resource managers track permits, species, restoration locations, and performance across multiple stakeholders. Basic research groups have generated data sets and data pipelines detailing the genetic, genomic and phenotypic variants of corals. Each dataset is important in its own right, but collectively they are limited due to the inability to cross reference these proprietary data repositories for deeper insights and hypothesis testing. Here, we present the Coral Sample Registry (CSR), an online resource which solves the first step in integrating such diverse data sets. Developed in collaboration with academics, management agencies and restoration practitioners in the South Florida area, the CSR centralizes information on sample collection events, issuing an accession number to each entry. Each accession number is unique and corresponding to a specific collection event of coral sample tissue, whether for research, preservation  or restoration purposes. As such the accession number now serves as the key to unlock the diversity of any information related to that sample’s provenance, across any and all data structures which include the accession number field. This database is open to all coral species, transferrable to regions beyond Florida, and open-source so that managers, academic researchers, and restoration practitioners may use the database internationally as a single information resource

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