Effects of trap fishing on coral reefs and associated habitats in the Florida Keys [Project title: trap_impacts_studiesFL.mxd]

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What does this data set describe?

Title:
Effects of trap fishing on coral reefs and associated habitats in the Florida Keys [Project title: trap_impacts_studiesFL.mxd]
Abstract:
We conducted surveys of trap distributions, targeted habitats, trap damage to coral reefs and associated habitats, and spatial/temporal distribution of catches. Field work was conducted with local partners: FWCC in Florida Keys (this data set); UPR-M in Puerto Rico; and USVI Fish and Wildlife Div. in US Virgin Islands.
  1. How should this data set be cited?

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)-Galveston Laboratory; Ronald L. Hill, PhD, Unpublished Material, Effects of trap fishing on coral reefs and associated habitats in the Florida Keys [Project title: trap_impacts_studiesFL.mxd].

  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?

    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -81.696
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -80.389
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 25.131
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 23.975
    Description_of_Geographic_Extent: Florida Keys

  3. What does it look like?

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

    Beginning_Date: 2001
    Ending_Date: 2008
    Currentness_Reference: ground condition

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

    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data

  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?

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

    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 0.000045. Longitudes are given to the nearest 0.000045. Latitude and longitude values are specified in Decimal Degrees.

      The horizontal datum used is North American Datum of 1983.
      The ellipsoid used is Geodetic Reference System 80.
      The semi-major axis of the ellipsoid used is 6378137.
      The flattening of the ellipsoid used is 1/298.257.

  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?


Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)

  2. Who also contributed to the data set?

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

    Ronald L. Hill, PhD
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)-Galveston Laboratory
    NOAA/NMFS
    Galveston, TX 77551
    USA

    409-766-3519 (voice)
    409-766-3520 (FAX)
    ron.hill@noaa.gov


Why was the data set created?

The goal is to assess whether trap fishing is damaging coral reef organisms and if so, to what extent.


How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?

  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?

    Date: Not complete (process 1 of 2)
    Investigators conducted boat-based surveys per prescribed methodology to locate surface buoys attached to traps, targeting either lobster or stone crab. Locations of trap buoys were recorded with a handheld GPS. Traps were generally observed with an underwater video camera to document location and habitat. A subset of traps were surveyed by SCUBA divers to assess damage to habitats or structural organisms including hard and soft corals, sponges, alga, and seagrasses. Location data were plotted in GIS project with habitat layers from NOAA Benthic Habitat Maps.

    Person who carried out this activity:

    Ronald L. Hill, PhD
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)-Galveston Laboratory
    NOAA/NMFS
    Galveston, TX 77551
    USA

    409-766-3519 (voice)
    409-766-3520 (FAX)
    ron.hill@noaa.gov

    Date: 04-Oct-2011 (process 2 of 2)
    Metadata imported.

    Data sources used in this process:

    • C:\DOCUME~1\RON~1.HIL\LOCALS~1\Temp\xml10.tmp

  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?


How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?

  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?

  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?

  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?

    Unknown

  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?

    Unknown


How can someone get a copy of the data set?

Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?

Access_Constraints: none
Use_Constraints:
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Galveston Laboratory Fishery Ecology Branch compiled this data set in order to develop a scientific basis for understanding coral reef ecosystem dynamics and for refining essential fish habitat designation for future amendments to fishery management plans. NMFS is not responsible for any uses of these data sets beyond those for which they were intended, and NMFS makes no claims regarding the accuracy of any data provided by agencies or individuals outside NMFS. NMFS does not approve, recommend, or endorse any proprietary product or proprietary material mentioned in these files. Dataset credit requested and NMFS would appreciate recognition as the resource from which these data were obtained in any publications and/or other representations of these data.

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

    Ronald L. Hill, PhD
    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)-Galveston Laboratory
    NOAA/NMFS
    Galveston, TX 77551
    USA

    409-766-3519 (voice)
    409-766-3520 (FAX)
    ron.hill@noaa.gov

  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set?

    Offline Data

  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?

    While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.

  4. How can I download or order the data?

  5. Is there some other way to get the data?

    Contact project PI


Who wrote the metadata?

Dates:
Last modified: 20-Dec-2012
Last Reviewed: 29-Mar-2012
Metadata author:
Ronald L. Hill, PhD
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)/Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)-Galveston Laboratory
NOAA/NMFS
Galveston, TX 77551
USA

409-766-3519 (voice)
409-766-3520 (FAX)
ron.hill@noaa.gov

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


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