Fish Aggregation Sites in the Florida Keys

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Title: Fish Aggregation Sites in the Florida Keys
Abstract:
Spawning aggregations are an important event in the life-history of many coral reef fish species. During short time periods (typically during full moons), fish will aggregate to spawn at discrete locations along a coral reef tract. Locations of historical spawning aggregations in the Florida Keys Reef Tract were collected through interviews with fishermen and review of the scientific literature. Field assessments are conducted during predicted spawning times, typically during full moon periods in the winter, spring and summer.
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    Department of Commerce(DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service(NMFS), Southeast Fisheries Science Center(SEFSC), Unknown, Fish Aggregation Sites in the Florida Keys: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service(NMFS), Southeast Fisheries Science Center(SEFSC), Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (CCFHR), Beaufort, NC.

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  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -81.943733
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -80.016667
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 25.728650
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 24.433480

  3. What does it look like?

  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?

    Beginning_Date: 2009
    Ending_Date: 2012
    Currentness_Reference: ground condition

  5. What is the general form of this data set?

    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: spreadsheet

  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?

    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?

      This is a Point data set. It contains the following vector data types (SDTS terminology):

      • Point

    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?

      Horizontal positions are specified in geographic coordinates, that is, latitude and longitude. Latitudes are given to the nearest 0.000001. Longitudes are given to the nearest 0.000001. Latitude and longitude values are specified in Decimal Degrees.

  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?

    FSA Keys site names & coordinates.xlsx
    Site and biomass information from reported fish aggregation locations in the Florida Keys (Source: Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (CCFHR))

    Region
    Geographic region of the Florida Keys (Source: Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (CCFHR))

    ValueDefinition
    Upper Keys24N080W0018
    Middle Keys24N081W0019
    Lower Keys24N081W0019

    Site_name
    Name of the survey sites relative to the project (Source: Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (CCFHR))

    Site names for each survey location given by science party

    Species
    Reported fish species(common name)caught by commercial fisherman at site location (Source: Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (CCFHR))

    Fish species(common name) from the snapper/grouper complex

    Latitude
    The angular distance north or south of the earth's equator, measured in degrees. (Source: Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (CCFHR))

    Range of values
    Minimum:24.4433480
    Maximum:25.728650
    Units:Decimal Degrees
    Resolution:0.000001

    Longitude
    The angular distance East or West from the Prime Meridian, measured in deqrees. (Source: Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (CCFHR))

    Range of values
    Minimum:-81.943733
    Maximum:-80.016667
    Units:Decimal Degrees
    Resolution:0.000001

    Biomass_Qual
    Qualitative descriptor of relative abundance observed during dive and/or acoustic surveys (Source: Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research (CCFHR))

    ValueDefinition
    LowAverage fish density
    ModerateAbove average fish density
    HighLarge fish aggregation
    NSNot surveyed


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  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?

    Todd Kellison
    Department of Commerce(DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service(NMFS), Southeast Fisheries Science Center(SEFSC)
    101 Pivers Island Rd.
    Beaufort, North Carolina 28516

    (252)728-3595 (voice)
    todd.kellison@noaa.gov

    Hours_of_Service: 8:00am - 5:00pm M-F


Why was the data set created?

This dataset represents locations and findings from 3 years of surveys on historical reef fish spawning aggregations in the Florida Keys Reef Tract. Observations were made using fishery sonar and confirmed(when possible using visual dive census) using visual census and scuba. Qualitative assessments of the abundance/biomass and behaviors of species of interest are also provided when available.


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Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints: None

  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)

    Todd Kellison
    Department of Commerce(DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service(NMFS), Southeast Fisheries Science Center(SEFSC)
    101 Pivers Island Rd.
    Beaufort, North Carolina 28516

    (252)728-3595 (voice)
    todd.kellison@noaa.gov

    Hours_of_Service: 8:00am - 5:00pm M-F
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?

    offline data

  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    These data were prepared by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, make any warranty, expressed or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference therein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. Any views and opinions expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof. Although all data have been used by NOAA, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by NOAA as to the accuracy of the data and/or related materials. The act of distribution shall not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by NOAA in the use of these data or related materials.NOAA makes no warranty regarding these data, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA can not assume liability for and damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data, nor as a result of the failure of these data to function on a particular system.

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Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 20-Dec-2012
Last Reviewed: 25-Jan-2012
Metadata author:
Erik Ebert
Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research(CCFHR)
101 Pivers Island Rd.
Beaufort, North Carolina 28516

(252)728-3595 (voice)

Metadata standard:
FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)


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