NCCOS Caribbean Fishery Acoustic Assessment: Fish Density Data Collection from NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, from 2008-03-26 to 2014-05-31 (NCEI Accession 0156395)

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These data sets show acoustically detected fish densities throughout the Caribbean ocean. NOAA/NCCOS collected these data sets to help characterize broad-scale fish abundance, biomass, and understand temporal behavior.

Acoustic data was collected aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster using 120-7C splitbeam transducer during cruise # NF08-01, NF09-01, NF10-03, NF11-01, NF12-01, NF13-01, and NF14-01. The hull mounted Simrad 120-7C transducer was calibrated to factory standards and environmental parameters where applied during acquisition.

Data was collected using 128 microsecond pulse length and had a varied ping rate due to triggering from Reson 7125 multibeam system. The resulting data layers show geo-referenced fish densities per 100 square meter intervals. The fish densities have been divided into three size classes, small fish (<11cm), medium fish (11cm-29cm), and large fish (>29cm).
  • Cite as: Taylor, C.; Ebert, E.; Kracker, L.; Battista, T.; Costa, B. (2016). NCCOS Caribbean Fishery Acoustic Assessment: Fish Density Data Collection from NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, from 2008-03-26 to 2014-05-31 (NCEI Accession 0156395). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
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Time Period 2010-03-19 to 2014-04-02
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 18.520534
S: 17.631664
E: -64.417193
W: -65.745752
Spatial Coverage Map
General Documentation
Associated Resources
Publication Dates
  • publication: 2016-09-29
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
Submission Package ID: 02BN0C
Purpose These data layers are to help inform stakeholders about economically important fish and areas of high densities for further research.
Use Limitations
  • accessLevel: Public
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Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Taylor, C.; Ebert, E.; Kracker, L.; Battista, T.; Costa, B. (2016). NCCOS Caribbean Fishery Acoustic Assessment: Fish Density Data Collection from NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, from 2008-03-26 to 2014-05-31 (NCEI Accession 0156395). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
Cited Authors
  • Taylor, C.
  • Ebert, E.
  • Kracker, L.
  • Battista, T.
  • Costa, B.
Principal Investigators
  • Chris Taylor
    US DOC; NOAA; NOS; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)
Collaborators
  • Laura Kracker
    US DOC; NOAA; NOS; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)
  • Tim Battista
    US DOC; NOAA; NOS; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)
  • Bryan Costa
    US DOC; NOAA; NOS; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)
  • University of the Virgin Islands
  • Caribbean Fishery Management Council
  • US DOC; NOAA; NMFS; Southeast Fisheries Science Center (NMFS/SEFSC)
Resource Providers
Points of Contact
  • Erik Ebert
    US DOC; NOAA; NOS; National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS)
Publishers
Acknowledgments
  • Funded by: Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP)
Theme keywords NODC DATA TYPES THESAURUS NODC OBSERVATION TYPES THESAURUS WMO_CategoryCode
  • oceanography
CoRIS Discovery Thesaurus
  • Geographic Information > Biology
CoRIS Theme Thesaurus
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Ocean Acoustics > Acoustic Attenuation/Transmission
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Ocean Acoustics > Acoustic Attenuation/Transmission > Bioacoustics
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Ocean Acoustics > Acoustic Attenuation/Transmission > Bioacoustics > Fishes
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science and Services Keywords
  • EARTH SCIENCE > AGRICULTURE > AGRICULTURAL AQUATIC SCIENCES > FISHERIES
NCCOS Keywords
  • NCCOS Research Data Type > Derived Data Product
  • NCCOS Research Data Type > Geospatial
  • NCCOS Research Priority > Marine Spatial Ecology (MSE)
  • NCCOS Research Topic > Acoustic Sonar
  • NCCOS Research Topic > Coral Reefs
  • NCCOS Research Topic > Remote Sensing
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/NOS/NCCOS > National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, National Ocean Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
NODC SUBMITTING INSTITUTION NAMES THESAURUS
Platform keywords NODC PLATFORM NAMES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Platform Keywords
  • SHIPS
Instrument keywords NODC INSTRUMENT TYPES THESAURUS Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • ECHO SOUNDERS
Instrument
  • Splitbeam Echosounder
Place keywords NODC SEA AREA NAMES THESAURUS CoRIS Place Thesaurus
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > Puerto Rico > Vieques > Vieques Island (18N065W0002)
  • COUNTRY/TERRITORY > United States of America > U. S. Virgin Islands > U. S. Virgin Islands > U. S. Virgin Islands (17N064W0000)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Puerto Rico (18N066W0000)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea /North Atlantic Ocean > Puerto Rico > Vieques Island > Vieques Island (18N065W0002)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea > Virgin Islands > Lesser Antilles > U. S. Virgin Islands (17N064W0000)
  • OCEAN BASIN > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Caribbean Sea
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN
  • OCEAN > ATLANTIC OCEAN > NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN > CARIBBEAN SEA
Location
  • Northeast Ecological Corridor
  • Southeast Puerto Rican Insular Shelf
NCCOS Location Keywords
  • NCCOS Research Location > Geographic Area > Coastal Ocean
  • NCCOS Research Location > Geographic Area > Continental Shelf
  • NCCOS Research Location > Geographic Area > Coral Reefs
  • NCCOS Research Location > Region > U.S. Caribbean
  • NCCOS Research Location > U.S. States and Territories > Puerto Rico
  • NCCOS Research Location > U.S. States and Territories > United States Virgin Islands
Project keywords NODC PROJECT NAMES THESAURUS CRCP Project
  • 387
  • Mapping Fish Habitat Use and Reef Fish Spawning Aggregations in the US Caribbean to Inform Marine Reserve Management
Keywords NCEI ACCESSION NUMBER
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: Taylor, C.; Ebert, E.; Kracker, L.; Battista, T.; Costa, B. (2016). NCCOS Caribbean Fishery Acoustic Assessment: Fish Density Data Collection from NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, from 2008-03-26 to 2014-05-31 (NCEI Accession 0156395). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]
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Processing Steps
  • 2016-09-29T19:23:16 - NCEI Accession 0156395 v1.1 was published.
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Processing Steps
  • Data Type: FISHERY SURVEY (measured); Units: Fish per 100 square meters; Observation Type: in situ; Sampling Instrument: Splitbeam Echosounder; Sampling and Analyzing Method: Data was collected using a Simrad 120-7C scientific splitbeam echosounder that was calibrated per factory standards. The pulse rate was set at 128 microseconds and the ping rate varied by depth or from impulse trigger by a Reson 7125 mulitbeam echosounder system. All environmental parameters were corrected during data acquisition within ER60 software.; Data Quality Information: Offsets were applied for transducer location, transducer orientation, and POS/MV location. Data were reviewed for QA/QC and manually edited for erroneous ping returns and acoustic noise. A fish tracking algorithm was used to detect fish throughout the water column. Fish detections were exported to a csv format and gridded into 100 square meter bins. Decibel returns of each fish were converted to size(cm) and divided into size classes (Costa, et al. 2014). The resulting data was converted to an ArcGIS point shape file and projected in WGS84.
Acquisition Information (collection)
Instrument
  • echo sounder
Platform
  • NANCY FOSTER
Last Modified: 2018-04-09T15:51:31
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