StationUniverse

Metadata:


Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Title:
StationUniverse
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Description:
Abstract:
Marine Spatial Data: This dataset came from the Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment and Prediction (MARMAP), Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment: South Atlantic (SEAMAP-SA) Reef Fish Survey and the Southeast Fishery-Independent Survey (SEFIS) programs. The dataset is comprised of all established stations available for sampling by MARMAP, SEAMAP-SA and SEFIS. Each year, a number of stations are randomly selected from the station universe and targeted for that year; therefore every station within the station universe is not sampled every year. The station universe also may contain stations not presented in the species data collected for the GSAA project due to the random nature of station selection. The data were summarized into 1 x 1 minute latitude/longitude grids which provide the number of stations available within each grid. General overview: For forty years, the Marine Resources Research Institute (MRRI) at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), through the Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment and Prediction (MARMAP) program, has conducted fisheries-independent research on groundfish, reef fish, ichthyoplankton, and coastal pelagic fishes within the region between Cape Lookout, North Carolina, and Ft Pierce, Florida. The overall mission of the program has been to determine distribution, relative abundance, and critical habitat of economically and ecologically important fishes of the South Atlantic Bight (SAB), and to relate these features to environmental factors and exploitation activities. Research toward fulfilling these goals has included trawl surveys (from 6-350 m depth); ichthyoplankton surveys; location and mapping of reef habitat; sampling of reefs throughout the SAB; life history and population studies of priority species; tagging studies of commercially important species and special studies directed at specific management problems in the region. Survey work has also provided a monitoring program that has allowed the standardized sampling of fish populations over time and development of an historical base for future comparisons of long-term trends. MARMAP has developed a long-term database for reef fish that has proven valuable in interpreting fisheries landings data and developing regulations for protecting reef fish resources. Restrictions on minimum sizes of most commercially important species make it difficult to monitor life history parameters and abundance data from samples collected from the fishery landings. MARMAP has been the only long-term program off the Atlantic coast of the southeastern United States that monitors reef fish composition, length frequency, abundance, and life history based on fishery-independent data in existence until recently. These data provide critical input for the assessments of stock status conducted by NOAA Fisheries, and greatly assist stock assessment scientists and the Council in the management of snapper/grouper complex of the South Atlantic Bight. To expand efforts in the SAB two additional monitoring programs were established; SEAMAP-SA Reef Fish (initiated in 2009) and SEFIS (initiated in 2010). Each program adopted sampling methodologies identical to those established by MARMAP when they joined the SAB Reef Fish Survey. MARMAP, SEAMAP-SA Reef Fish and SEFIS currently sample natural live bottom habitat from Cape Lookout, NC to the Ft. Pierce, FL area. The current main objectives for the survey are to: 1.) sample reef fishes in the snapper-grouper complex using a variety of gears in live bottom, rocky outcrop, high relief, and mud bottom habitats, 2.) collect detailed data for time series description of species’ annual composition and relative abundance, 3.) obtain population characteristics on fish species of interest through life history analysis, including age and growth, sex ratio, size and age of sexual maturation and transition, spawning season, fecundity, and diet, 4.) collect hydrographic data (e.g. depth, temperature, salinity, etc.) for comparison to fish abundance and composition indices, 5.) collect DNA samples from selected fish species for stock identification, and 6.) expand sampling effort in North Carolina and south Florida as well as reconnoiter new live bottom areas with underwater video to add to the existing long-term database housed at SCDNR/MARMAP. Priorities are dictated by the SouthEast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) schedule and other management considerations.
Purpose:
This GIS dataset was created for the purpose of describing the distribution and relative abundance of the numerically dominant and economically important deep-water finfish species in southeastern coastal waters so that these biological resources can be considered for any planned energy development or other coastal use activities.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 19730101
Ending_Date: 20120101
Currentness_Reference:
Unknown
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: None planned
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -81.246405
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -75.048786
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 35.329874
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 27.129755
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: Fisheries
Theme_Keyword: Snapper-grouper complex
Theme_Keyword: MARMAP
Theme_Keyword: SEFIS
Theme_Keyword: SCDNR
Theme_Keyword: Fishery-independent
Theme_Keyword: SEAMAP-SA Reef Fish Survey
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Place_Keyword: Florida
Place_Keyword: southeast
Place_Keyword: Georgia
Place_Keyword: North Carolina
Place_Keyword: South Atlantic Bight
Place_Keyword: South Carolina
Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints:
1.) The use of the summary data provided in this database for any analysis or report must acknowledge the MARMAP and/or SEFIS program as the original data source. For information purposes, email the full citation of any publication made (printed or electronic) that cites this data source or any constituent part. Acknowledge the use of specific records from contributing MARMAP databases and recognize the limitations of data. 2.) Neither the State of South Carolina, the Department of Natural Resources, nor any of its employees, is responsible for any improper or incorrect use of the information described and/or contained herein, and assume no responsibility for the use of the information. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources should be acknowledged as the data source in products derived from these data.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: MARMAP, SCDNR
Contact_Person: Dr. Marcel Reichert
Contact_Position: Associate Scientist; Coastal Finfish Section Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: physical
Address:
217 Fort Johnson Rd.
City: Charleston
State_or_Province: SC
Postal_Code: 29405
Country: US
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 843-953-5778
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 843-953-9820
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: reichertm@dnr.sc.gov
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Version 6.2 (Build 9200) ; Esri ArcGIS 10.1.0.3035
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Data_Quality_Information:
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
GIS processing: 1.) One point layer was created where each point was the mid-point of a 1 x 1 minute grid cell where there was a MARMAP or SEFIS sampling station. 2.) A 1 x 1 min. grid of the whole offshore study area was created. 3.) A spatial selection was performed to select those 1 x 1 min. grid cells that contained MARMAP/SEFIS sampling stations. A new layer was created with just the selected grid cells. 4.) The mid-points from the species layer were spatially joined to the 1 x 1 min. grid layer to create a final grid layer.
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: SCDNR
Contact_Person: Jessica Boynton
Contact_Position: GIS Manager I
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: physical
Address:
217 Fort Johnson Rd.
City: Charleston
State_or_Province: SC
Postal_Code: 29412
Country: US
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 843-953-9163
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 843-953-9820
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: boyntonj@dnr.sc.gov
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
The number of stations were determined for each 1 x 1 min grid cell.
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: SCDNR, MARMAP
Contact_Person: Michelle Pate
Contact_Position: Wildlife Biologist I
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: physical
Address:
217 Fort Johnson Rd.
City: Charleston
State_or_Province: SC
Postal_Code: 29412
Country: US
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 843-953-9052
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 843-953-9820
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: patem@dnr.sc.gov
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Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Vector
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
SDTS_Terms_Description:
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: GT-polygon composed of chains
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 536
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Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Planar:
Map_Projection:
Map_Projection_Name: Transverse Mercator
Transverse_Mercator:
Transverse Mercator
Scale_Factor_at_Central_Meridian: 0.9996
Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -81.0
Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 0.0
False_Easting: 500000.0
False_Northing: 0.0
Planar_Coordinate_Information:
Planar_Coordinate_Encoding_Method: coordinate pair
Coordinate_Representation:
Abscissa_Resolution: 0.0001
Ordinate_Resolution: 0.0001
Planar_Distance_Units:
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: D North American 1983
Ellipsoid_Name: GRS 1980
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.0
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257222101
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Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: StationUniverse
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: OBJECTID
Attribute_Definition:
Internal feature number.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Esri
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Shape
Attribute_Definition:
Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Esri
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: NumStation
Attribute_Definition:
The total number of stations set within a 1 x 1 minute grid cell.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Estab_By
Attribute_Definition:
The program who established the monitoring station(s) within a 1 x 1 minute grid cell.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Mid_Lat
Attribute_Definition:
This is the latitude for the center point for each 1 x 1 min. grid cell.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Mid_Long
Attribute_Definition:
This is the longitude for the center point for each 1 x 1 min. grid cell.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: BLOCK
Attribute_Definition:
The BLOCK number is the lat and long (lat degree lat min long degree long min) for the lower right corner of each 1 x 1 min. grid cell.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Shape_Length
Attribute_Definition:
Length of feature in internal units.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Esri
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Positive real numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Shape_Area
Attribute_Definition:
Area of feature in internal units squared.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Esri
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Positive real numbers that are automatically generated.
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Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Contact_Position: Spatial Data Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: physical
Address:
1000 Assembly St.
City: Columbia
State_or_Province: SC
Postal_Code: 29201
Country: US
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 803-734-9100
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 803-734-7001
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: gisman@dnr.sc.gov
Distribution_Liability:
See access and use constraints information.
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: File Geodatabase Feature Class
Digital_Transfer_Option:
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20130218
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: SCDNR, MRRI
Contact_Person: Jessica Boynton
Contact_Position: GIS Manager I
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: physical
Address:
217 Fort Johnson Rd.
City: Charleston
State_or_Province: SC
Postal_Code: 29405
Country: US
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 843-953-9163
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 843-953-9820
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: boyntonj@dnr.sc.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
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