NF-13-02-USVI Mapping Essential Fish Habitat in the US Caribbean to Inform MPA Management (EK60)

Scientists will collect high resolution multibeam and acoustic fisheries data in mid-water depths approximately 30 to 1000 meters so as to continue to characterize seafloor habitats within all U.S. States, Territories, and Commonwealths. The objective of this project is to collect a multibeam bathymetry dataset with 100% seafloor ensonification, along with multibeam backscatter suitable for seafloor characterization. Fishery acoustics data will be collected to characterize broad-scale fish abundance, biomass, and utilization patterns, as well as to locate and document fish spawning aggregations. Multibeam data will be collected to conform to IHO Order 1 (<100m) and Order 2 (>100m) accuracy standards. The strategies developed for each survey area will take into account the minimum depths, general bathymetry, and time allotment. The delineation and identification of seafloor habitats will be assisted by the use of a moderate-depth Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and drop camera. The vehicle has video and frame camera capability to depths of 300 meters and will be used for point sampling within areas mapped during this mission.
  • Cite as: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, NOAA (2011): Water Column Sonar Data Collection (NF-13-02-USVI, EK60). National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V58W3B9V [access date]
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Search Data
Distribution Formats
  • Kongsberg/Simrad instrument files (.raw or .wcd) (Version: 1)
    • File Specification: Kongsberg/Simrad .raw files are generated by ME70, EK60 or ES60 instruments. They contain power and optionally angular position data with each beam/frequency identified by an independent channel. See the Simrad interface specification manual for further information. The .wcd files are generated by Kongsberg EM302 or EM122 instruments. See Kongsberg documentation for more information.
Ordering Instructions Contact the NCEI Water Column Sonar Data Manager to order data
Distributor Chuck Anderson
Water Column Sonar Data Manager
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-4742
wcd.info@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Tim Battista
Oceanographer
National Centers Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)
(301)713-3028x171
tim.battista@noaa.gov
Dataset Principal Investigator Chris Taylor
Ecologist
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)
(252)838-0833
chris.taylor@noaa.gov
Time Period 2013-02-19T00:00:00 to 2013-03-30T00:00:00
Spatial Reference System urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG:4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 18.5835299554841
S: 17.7743500432754
E: -65.1534899762547
W: -66.1281799928682
Spatial Coverage Map
Documentation links not available.
Publication Dates
  • creation: 2013-02-19
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Data Update Frequency Not planned
Purpose The purpose of the cruise will be to collect swath bathymetry and acoustical backscatter, as well as fishery acoustics data in the Northeast Reserve Marine Protected Area, Puerto Rico.
Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, NOAA (2011): Water Column Sonar Data Collection (NF-13-02-USVI, EK60). National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V58W3B9V [access date]
Custodians
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Resource Providers
  • NCCOS
Sponsors
  • NCCOS
Publishers
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Ocean Acoustics > Acoustic Scattering
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Aquatic Sciences > Fisheries
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Ocean Acoustics
  • Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecosystems > Marine Ecosystems > Pelagic
  • Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecosystems > Marine Ecosystems
  • Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecosystems > Marine Ecosystems > Benthic
  • Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecosystems > Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Bathymetry
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Seafloor Topography
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Instrument keywords
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Profilers/Sounders > Acoustic Sounders > WCMS > Water Column Mapping System
Place keywords International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Sea Area ("Limits of Oceans and Seas" publication S-23)
  • Caribbean Sea
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL
  • Vertical Location > VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA FLOOR
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, NOAA (2011): Water Column Sonar Data Collection (NF-13-02-USVI, EK60). National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V58W3B9V [access date]
Access Constraints
  • Resource may not be available for up to one year after initial collection.
Fees
  • Free
Lineage information for: collectionHardware
Lineage Statement Uncalibrated w/calibration data
Lineage information for: series
Processor
  • National Centers Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • Simrad EK60
  • Kongsberg EM1002
  • Reson SeaBat 7125
  • Simrad EK60
  • Furuno FE700
  • Knudsen CHIRP 3200 Echosounder
  • RM Young 61202V
  • RM Young 41382VC
  • RM Young 05106/05306B
  • SBE 45 Micro TSG
  • SBE 911plus CTD
  • SBE 43
  • SBE 18
  • SBE 38
  • SBE SeaCat 21
  • SBE 19plus V2
  • Ocean Surveyor ADCP
  • Turner 10AU Fluorometer
  • Seapoint SCF
  • Seapoint Turbidity Meter
  • POS/MV 320
Platform
  • Nancy Foster (NF)
Operation
  • NF13-02-USVI_EK60
Last Modified: 2017-05-30
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