2012 Joint U.S.-Canada Integrated Acoustic and Trawl Survey of Pacific Hake (Merluccius productus) and Pacific Sardine (Sardinops sagax) (SH1204, EK60)

Scientists from the Fishery Resource Analysis and Monitoring (FRAM) division at the NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), the Fishery Resources Division (FRD) at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC), and the Pacific region of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) conducted the 2012 Integrated Acoustic Survey (IAT) survey aboard the NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada and the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) W.E. Ricker. Both vessels are stern trawlers equipped for fisheries and oceanographic research. The Shimada surveyed from 35.8?N to 50.8?N between June 25 and August 23, and the Ricker surveyed from 48.8?N to 55.3?N between August 15 and September 6. The industry-provided vessel the F/V Forum Star was primarily for groudtruthing activity, trawling with an Aleutian wing trawl 24/20 (AWT), and remained in the vicinity the Shimada between June 28 and August 11.

The portion of the survey conducted with the Bell M. Shimada focuses on both Pacific sardine (Sardinops sagax) and Pacific hake (Merluccius productus), a Joint U.S.-Canada Integrated Acoustic and Trawl Survey of Pacific Hake and Pacific Sardine (SaKe 2012) covered the area from the Southern California Bight (SCB), CA to north end of the Vancouver Island, Canada. The data include here are those collected on NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada only, i.e. Sake 2012 data only.

Hake and sardine populations were surveyed along a series of parallel line transects that in general were oriented east-west, spaced at an interval of 10 nmi apart, and traversed sequentially in alternating directions; some areas in Canadian waters were better covered with transects that ran in a zigzag or north-south orientation. The survey began northwest of Morro Bay, California, proceeded north toward Dixon Entrance, and finished along the west side of Haida Gwaii (formerly called the Queen Charlotte Islands). Hake aggregations were targeted along the continental shelf and upper slope of the entire survey area, whereas sardine aggregations were targeted only as far north as the northern tip of Vancouver Island. The Shimada was tasked with completing transects up to the north end of Vancouver Island, from which point the Ricker completed the remaining transects north to Dixon Entrance and along the west coast of Haida Gwaii. Sea depth at the inshore end of individual transects was nominally 30 m, although a few transects ended in waters deeper than 30 m because of restricted areas, navigation hazards, or boat traffic. Offshore extent of individual transects was typically at a depth of 1,500 m or at a point 35 nmi west of the inshore waypoint, whichever resulted in a longer transect.
  • Cite as: Northwest Fisheries Science Center (2012): Water Column Sonar Data Collection (SH1204, EK60). National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5ZS2TF7 [access date]
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  • 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.
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Distributor Chuck Anderson
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Dataset Principal Investigator Lawrence C. Hufnagle, Jr.
Supervisory Physical Scientist
NWFSC
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Dataset No POCs available for this dataset
Time Period 2012-06-25T04:30:38 to 2012-08-24T04:23:00
Spatial Reference System urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG:4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 50.7963955
S: 35.777036873
E: -121.390353917
W: -129.713079421
Spatial Coverage Map
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Publication Dates
  • creation: 2012-06-25
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Data Update Frequency Not planned
Purpose to assess the abundance, distribution, and biology of coastal hake (Merluccius productus) and pacific sardine (Sardinops sagax) off the west coast of US and Canada
Use Limitations
  • These data are considered raw and have not been subjected to the NOAA's quality control or quality assurance procedures. They are released for limited public use as preliminary data to be used only with appropriate caution. NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any 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.
  • Not subject to copyright protection within the United States.
Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Northwest Fisheries Science Center (2012): Water Column Sonar Data Collection (SH1204, EK60). National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5ZS2TF7 [access date]
Resource Providers
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/NWFSC > Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Points of Contact
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/NWFSC > Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Publishers
  • 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
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
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS > National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Instrument keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) 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)
  • North Pacific Ocean
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL
  • Vertical Location > VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA FLOOR
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Northwest Fisheries Science Center (2012): Water Column Sonar Data Collection (SH1204, EK60). National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5ZS2TF7 [access date]
Access Constraints
  • Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
  • Resource may not be available for up to one year after initial collection.
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Processing Steps
  • 2015-04-22T00:00:00 - NOAA created the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) by merging NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC), National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), and National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), including the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC), per the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235. NCEI launched publicly on April 22, 2015.
Lineage information for: collectionHardware
Lineage Statement Calibrated w/ calibration data
Lineage information for: series
Processor
  • NWFSC
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • Simrad EK60
  • Simrad ME70
  • Simrad EK60
  • Simrad ES60
  • Furuno FE700
  • Sea-Bird SBE 9
  • POS/MV 320
  • Eppley PIR
  • SBE SeaCat 21
  • RM Young 61202V
  • RM Young 41382VC
  • RM Young 05106/05306B
Platform
  • Bell M. Shimada (SH)
Operation
  • SH1204_EK60_C
Last Modified: 2017-05-30
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