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Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 2022: SEFIS Multibeam Acoustics Data,

Item Identification

Title: SEFIS Multibeam Acoustics Data
Short Name: Southeast Fishery Independent Survey Multibeam Data
Status: In Work

This is a fishery-independent survey that collects data on reef fish in southeast US waters using multiple gears, including chevron traps, video cameras, ROVs, longlines, and acoustics. This project is also collecting information on hardbottom habitats using video cameras, ROVs, and acoustics gears.


To (1) increase the spatial footprint and sample sizes of fishery-independent sampling in southeast US waters (2) add video cameras as a survey gear to address trap selectivity issues and to develop annual indices off abundance for species that avoid traps (3) map hardbottom habitats using multibeam sonar to improve survey design (4) use remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) to visually assess broad- and fine-scale habitat and red snapper densities and sizes in continental shelf-break waters (5) perform research to inform survey methods and to address critical management issues, including an ongoing assessment of fisheries (split-beam) sonar as a fishery-independent survey tool, and longline surveys to assess patterns in red snapper distribution and abundance.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None acoustics
None chevron trap
None finss
None fishery independent data
None hardbottom habitat
None monitor
None multibeam
None red snapper
None reef fish
None ROV
None sonar
None split beam

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 2010-present

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Florida
None Georgia
None north caroloina
None South Atlantic Coast
None South Carolina

Physical Location

Organization: Southeast Fisheries Science Center
City: Miami
State/Province: FL
Country: USA
Location Description:

Location Of The Main Office Of The South East Fisheries Science Center

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: Mixed
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Data Presentation Form: Table (digital)
Entity Attribute Overview:

Multibeam data were collected on bottom habitats located on the continental shelf and shelf edge off the southeast U.S. coast.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 279764
Date Effective From: 2010
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Mitchell, Warren
Address: 101 Pivers Island Rd
Beaufort, NC 28516
Email Address:
Phone: 252-728-8755
Fax: 252-728-8754
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.


CC ID: 279765
Date Effective From: 2010
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
Phone: (305)361-5761
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 273747
Date Effective From: 2010
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Mitchell, Warren
Address: 101 Pivers Island Rd
Beaufort, NC 28516
Email Address:
Phone: 252-728-8755
Fax: 252-728-8754
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

Point of Contact

CC ID: 42898
Date Effective From: 2010-07-12
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Schobernd, Christina
Address: 101 Pivers Island Road
Beaufort, NC 28516
Email Address:
Phone: 252-728-8725
Contact Instructions:



Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 273751
W° Bound: -81.5
E° Bound: -75.5
N° Bound: 35
S° Bound: 27

Atlantic Ocean, U.S. South

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 273750
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 2010

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Policy:

To Fisheries scientists and other qualified researchers upon request

Data Access Procedure:

Contact Data Steward

Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Data set is not for use in litigation. While efforts have been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages or misrepresentations caused by inaccuracies in these data, or as a result of these data being used on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does distribution constitute any such warranty

Metadata Access Constraints:

None For Public Metadata

Metadata Use Constraints:

None For Public Metadata

Data Quality

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

None at time of collection.

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: No
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: 0
Do these Data Comply with the Data Access Directive?: Yes
Is Access to the Data Limited Based on an Approved Waiver?: No
If Distributor (Data Hosting Service) is Needed, Please Indicate: No
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: 365
If Delay is Longer than Latency of Automated Processing, Indicate Under What Authority Data Access is Delayed:


Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: To Be Determined
If To Be Determined, Unable to Archive, or No Archiving Intended, Explain:


Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: 365
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

The data resides on a secure government network requiring multi-factor authentication for network access.


Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 282914

These data are archived in the RAW format, no processing was done for archival purposes.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 10799
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:10799
Metadata Record Created By: Christina Schobernd
Metadata Record Created: 2011-01-24 14:46+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2021-10-20 13:16+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-10-20
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year