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Title: Cetaceans - Passive Acoustics
Status: In Work

This catalog contains acoustic recordings of cetaceans taken from areas within the Pacific Islands Region since 2006.


More than 25 species of cetaceans occur in U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) waters of the Pacific Ocean. Six of these species - humpback whales, sperm whales, blue whales, fin whales, sei whales, and North Pacific right whales, and one Discrete Population Segment - Main Hawaiian Islands insular false killer whales- are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, and their stocks are considered depleted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is responsible for studying the populations of whales and dolphins within the U.S. EEZ waters of the Pacific Islands Region (PIR). A variety of information is needed in order to properly manage human effects on these populations and protect them from current or future depletion. Passive acoustics are useful for assessing temporal and spatial changes in the density and behavior of some animals, for augmenting visual surveys in finding animals and can provide important details regarding the acoustic environments that cetaceans live within.


This catalog does not include acoustic data collected using a towed array. See Shipboard Surveys for towed array data collection.

Supplemental Information:

Division: Protected Species

Division Chief: Frank Parrish

Program: PSD Cetacean Research

Program Leader: Erin Oleson

Ownership: PIFSC


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None acoustic recordings
None cetaceans
None crp
None harp (high frequency acoustic recording package)
None passive acoustics
None pifsc
None psd
None sonobuoy
None towed hydrophone array

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None american samoa
None cross seamount
None guam
None hawaii island
None kingman reef
None ladd seamount
None main hawaiian islands
None northwestern hawaiian islands
None pacific islands region
None palmyra
None pearl and hermes reef
None saipan
None tinian
None wake island

Physical Location

Organization: Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
City: Honolulu
State/Province: HI
Country: USA
Location Description:


1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176

Honolulu, HI 96818

Project Information

Project Type: Collection
Collection Authority: Federal
Collection Method: Electronic

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 68352
Date Effective From: 2008-12-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Oleson, Erin M
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
Email Address:
Phone: (808)725-5712
Business Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Contact Instructions:

contact by email

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 68353
Date Effective From: 2006-09-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Hill, Marie C
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
Email Address:
Phone: (808)725-5710
Contact Instructions:

contact by email


CC ID: 99431
Date Effective From: 2006-01-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC)
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
Email Address:
Phone: 808-725-5360
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
View Historical Support Roles


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 68355
W° Bound: 144
E° Bound: -154
N° Bound: 32
S° Bound: -14

Pacific Ocean, Hawaiian Archipelago, Palmyra Atoll, Johnston Atoll, Wake Island, American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Ladd Seamount

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 68356
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 2006-02

Access Information

Security Class: Restricted
Data Access Procedure:

Requestor will be asked to submit a request by email to Erin Oleson ( or Marie Hill (

Data Use Constraints:

Use of the data set must be cleared with NMFS/PIFSC/Protected Species Division

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Project Longline HARPs

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 12848
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:12848
Metadata Record Created By: Marie C Hill
Metadata Record Created: 2012-08-20 17:26+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-10-20 02:17+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2015-11-20
Owner Org: PIFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2015-11-20
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2016-11-20