Nekton from Fishery-Independent Trawl Samples in U.S. Gulf of Mexico Estuaries: A Comparative Assessment of Gulf Estuarine Systems (CAGES), 1973-2007 (NODC Accession 0115183)

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The purpose of CAGES (Comparative Assessment of Gulf Estuarine Systems) is to compile the fishery independent data from five Gulf States into a database to more easily compare the fisheries across the US Gulf of Mexico coast. The CAGES database is intended for scientific research only.

The CAGES program is designed to examine the differences between estuarine ecosystems and investigate why some are more productive than others. The program focuses on estuarine areas important to commercial fisheries and includes data on commercial finfish and invertebrate species, as well as other species commonly captured in trawl sampling. The CAGES Relational Database is a compilation of fishery-independent data contributed by natural resource agencies of the Gulf States (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida). This data set includes data from trawls as well as associated hydrographic data. Trawl data were used to calculate CPUE (catch per unit effort) at each station.

These data are subdivided by state, and original data are in Microsoft Office Access (.accdb) format. Data are also provided as matching ASCII (.csv) files with standard metadata in both Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) and International Standard Organization (ISO) format. An accompanying report, NOAATechnicalMemorandumNMFS-SEFSC-647.pdf, provides a study overview, methodology, and results. Data files include CPUE, hydrological, lengths, samples, species, stations, and trawls. Users are advised to review the individual metadata report for each state for specific notes on data collection, data processing details, omissions and issues.
  • Cite as: Brown, H.; US DOC/NOAA/NMFS/Southeast Fisheries Science Center > Galveston, TX Laboratory (2014). Nekton from Fishery-Independent Trawl Samples in U.S. Gulf of Mexico Estuaries: A Comparative Assessment of Gulf Estuarine Systems (CAGES), 1973-2007 (NODC Accession 0115183). Version 1.1. National Oceanographic Data Center, NOAA. Dataset. [access date]
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Time Period 1973-10-10 to 2007-12-27
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 30.84
S: 26.058333
E: -82.007733
W: -97.691667
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2014-03-19
Edition 1.1
Data Presentation Form Digital table - digital representation of facts or figures systematically displayed, especially in columns
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Data Update Frequency As needed
Supplemental Information
Users are advised to review the individual metadata report for each state for specific notes on data collection, data processing details, omissions and issues.

1. The Mississippi dataset includes data from trawls collected by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (MDMR/GCRL), as well as associated hydrographic data. Trawl data were used to calculate CPUE (catch per unit effort) at each station for the years 1973 through 2005.

2. The Alabama data set includes data from trawls collected by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) and Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), as well as associated hydrographic data. Trawl data were used to calculate CPUE (catch per unit effort) at each station for the years 1981 through 2007.

3. The Florida data set includes trawl and associated hydrographic data collected under the Fisheries-Independent Monitoring (FIM) Program, part of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC). Trawl data were used to calculate CPUE (catch per unit effort) at each station for the years 1989 through 2005.

4. The Louisiana data set includes data from trawls collected by the Marine Fisheries Division of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), as well as associated hydrographic data. Trawl data were used to calculate CPUE (catch per unit effort) at each station for the years 1986 through 2007.

5. The Texas dataset includes data from trawls collected by the Coastal Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), as well as associated hydrographic data. Trawl data were used to calculate CPUE (catch per unit effort) data for 26 target species at each sampling site, measured in number of organisms per hectare. Data presented here show the mean CPUE at each TPWD station for the years 1982 through 2005.

Estuaries along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico that were analyzed for nekton abundance: Lower Laguna Madre, Upper Laguna Madre, Corpus Christi Bay, Aransas Bay, San Antonio Bay, East Matagorda Bay, Galveston Bay, Sabine Lake, Lake Calcasien, Vermillion and Cote Blanche Bays, Terrebone and Timbalier Bays, Barataria Bay, Breton and Chandelier Sounds, Lake Borgne, West Mississippi Sound, East Mississippi Sound, Mobile Bay, Perdido Bay, Apalachicola Bay, Suwannee Sound, Cedar Key, Tampa Bay, Charlotte Harbor
Purpose Basic research
Use Limitations
  • accessLevel: Public
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Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science and Services Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > AGRICULTURE > AGRICULTURAL AQUATIC SCIENCES > FISHERIES
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > ARTHROPODS > CRUSTACEANS
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES > MOLLUSKS
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES
  • EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > FISH
Originator Theme Keywords
  • ANNELIDA
  • ARTHROPODA
  • Achirus lineatus
  • Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Anchoa mitchilli
  • Ariopsis felis
  • Atlantic croaker
  • Bairdiella chrysoura
  • Bay anchovy
  • Bay squid
  • Bay whiff
  • Bighead searobin
  • Black drum
  • Blackcheek tonguefish
  • Blue crab
  • Brevoortia patronus
  • Brown shrimp
  • CAGES
  • CHAETOGNATHA
  • CHORDATA
  • CNIDARIA
  • CPUE
  • CTENOPHORA
  • Callinectes sapidus
  • Citharichthys spilopterus
  • Coelenterata
  • Crustacea
  • Cynoscion arenarius
  • Cynoscion nebulosus
  • ECTOPROCTA
  • Echinodermata
  • Eucinostomus gula
  • FFWCC
  • FWRI
  • Farfantepenaeus (Penaeus) aztecus
  • Farfantepenaeus (Penaeus) duorarum
  • Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)
  • Fisheries-Independent Monitoring (FIM) Program
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC)
  • Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
  • Gulf flounder
  • Gulf menhaden
  • HEMICHORDATA
  • Hog choker
  • Lagodon rhomboides
  • Leiostomus xanthurus
  • Lined sole
  • Litopenaeus (Penaeus) setiferus
  • Lolliguncula brevis
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Marine Fisheries Division
  • Menticirrhus americanus
  • Micropogonias undulatus
  • Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
  • Mollusca
  • Mugil cephalus
  • NEMERTEA
  • PLATYHELMINTHES
  • PORIFERA
  • Paralichthys albiguta
  • Paralichthys lethostigma
  • Pinfish
  • Pink shrimp
  • Pogonias cromis
  • Prionotus tribulus
  • Red drum
  • Sand seatrout
  • Sciaenops ocellatus
  • Scomberomorus maculatus
  • Silver Jenny
  • Silver perch
  • Southern flounder
  • Southern kingfish
  • Spanish mackerel
  • Spot
  • Spotted seatrout
  • Striped mullet
  • Symphurus plagiusa
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Trinectes maculatus
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • Vertebrata
  • White shrimp
  • Xiphosura
  • abundance
  • air temperature
  • brackish water species
  • catch per unit effort
  • coastal bay
  • comparative assessment of gulf estuarine systems
  • conductivity
  • crustacean
  • dissolved oxygen
  • distribution
  • estuary
  • finfish
  • fisheries
  • fishery independent data
  • freshwater species
  • hardhead sea catfish
  • hydrographic
  • hydrological
  • invertebrate
  • nekton
  • occurrence
  • pH
  • salinity
  • saltwater species
  • secchi depth
  • temperature
  • total weight
  • trawl
  • turbidity
  • vertebrate
  • water temperature
Data Center keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Data Center Keywords
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NODC > National Oceanographic Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC > Southeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
NODC COLLECTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > Trawls/Nets > NETS
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Samplers > Trawls/Nets > TRAWL
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > GULF OF MEXICO
Originator Place Keywords
  • Alabama
  • Apalachicola Bay
  • Aransas Bay
  • Arnica Bay
  • Barataria Bay
  • Bay Minette Creek
  • Bayou Bernard
  • Biloxi Bay
  • Black Lake
  • Blakely River
  • Bon Secour River
  • Breton Sound
  • Cedar Key
  • Cedar Lakes
  • Chandeleur Sound
  • Charlotte Harbor
  • Chickasaw Creek
  • Corpus Christi Bay
  • Deer River
  • Dog River
  • East Fowl River
  • East Matagorda Bay
  • Eleven Mile Creek
  • Eslava Creek
  • Fish River
  • Florida
  • GIWW
  • Galveston Bay
  • Grand Bay
  • Grand Lake
  • Gulf Coast
  • Gulf Intercoastal Waterway
  • Gulf of Mexico
  • Halls Mill Creek
  • Lake Borgne
  • Lake Calcasieu
  • Lake Pontchartrain
  • Little Lagoon
  • Lost Lake - Four League Bay
  • Louisiana
  • Lower Laguna Madre
  • Magnolia River
  • Matagorda Bay
  • Mississippi
  • Mississippi Sound
  • Mobile Bay
  • Mobile River
  • Pascagoula
  • Perdido Bay
  • Rabbit Creek
  • Sabine Lake
  • San Antonio Bay
  • St. Louis Bay
  • Suwannee River
  • Suwannee Sound
  • Tampa Bay
  • Tensaw River
  • Terrebonne-Timbalier Bays
  • Texas
  • Theodore Industrial Canal
  • Upper Laguna Madre
  • Vermillion-Cote Blanche Bays
  • Water Body
  • Weeks Bay
  • West Fowl River
  • Wolf Bay
  • Wolf Creek
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Brown, H.; US DOC/NOAA/NMFS/Southeast Fisheries Science Center > Galveston, TX Laboratory (2014). Nekton from Fishery-Independent Trawl Samples in U.S. Gulf of Mexico Estuaries: A Comparative Assessment of Gulf Estuarine Systems (CAGES), 1973-2007 (NODC Accession 0115183). Version 1.1. National Oceanographic Data Center, NOAA. Dataset. [access date]
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Processing Steps
  • 2014-03-19T22:04:31 - NCEI Accession 0115183 v1.1 was published.
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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.
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • biota surveys
  • net
  • trawl
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