Item Identification

Title: Cetaceans - Biopsy Sample Collection
Status: In Work
Abstract:

This catalog includes cetacean skin and blubber samples collected during both small boat and shipboard surveys. Samples are collected using projectile darts. The catalog also contains the database with information associated with the sample collection and storage.

Purpose:

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. This includes details on stock structure, abundance, habitat use, natural and anthropogenic threats as well as estimates of reproduction and mortality rates. Biological sample collection is an essential tool for determining populations structure and ecology. Skin samples are used to elucidate genetic stock structure. Analysis of skin and blubber for contaminants and stable isotopes provide additional information on stock structure. In addition, stable isotope and fatty acid composition provides information about trophic relationships.

Notes:

Unless otherwise noted (in the time frame description), samples collected during 2006 through April 2012 were done so under NMFS MMPA permits 774-1714 and 14097 issued to the SWFSC. Samples collected from May 2012 to present were collected under NMFS MMPA permit 15240 issued to PIFSC.

Other Citation Details:

Biopsy samples were collected under NMFS permits 15240 (PIFSC), 14097 (SWFSC), 727-1915 (SIO), and 774-1714 (SWFSC). When possible biopsy samples are cut in half (longitudinally) and one half of each sample are sent to the SWFSC for archive.

Supplemental Information:

Division: Protected Species

Division Chief: Frank Parrish

Program: PSD Cetacean Research

Program Leader: Erin Oleson

Ownership: PIFSC

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None biopsy
None cetacean research program
None cetaceans
None contaminants
None crp
None genetics
None pacific islands fisheries science center
None pifsc
None protected species division
None psd
None skin and blubber
None stable isotopes

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None american samoa eez
None commonwealth of the northern mariana islands eez
None guam eez
None main hawaiian islands
None marianas
None northwestern hawaiian islands
None pacific islands region
None palmyra eez
None papahanaumokuakea marine national monument
None wake eez

Physical Location

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

IRC

1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176

Honolulu, HI 96818

Project Information

Project Type: Collection
Collection Authority: Federal

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 68391
Date Effective From: 2008-12-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Oleson, Erin M
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
USA
Email Address: erin.oleson@noaa.gov
Phone: (808)725-5712
Business Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Contact Instructions:

contact by email

Data Steward

CC ID: 68389
Date Effective From: 2006-09-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Hill, Marie C
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
USA
Email Address: marie.hill@noaa.gov
Phone: (808)725-5710
Contact Instructions:

contact by email

Data Steward

CC ID: 68392
Date Effective From: 2005-10-01
Date Effective To: 2008-06-01
Contact (Person): Johnston, David W
Email Address: dave.johnston@noaa.gov

Distributor

CC ID: 262730
Date Effective From: 2006
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC)
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
USA
Phone: 808-725-5300
URL: http://www.pifsc.noaa.gov
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 68390
Date Effective From: 2006-09-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Hill, Marie C
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
USA
Email Address: marie.hill@noaa.gov
Phone: (808)725-5710
Contact Instructions:

contact by email

Point of Contact

CC ID: 262731
Date Effective From: 2006
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Hill, Marie C
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
USA
Email Address: marie.hill@noaa.gov
Phone: (808)725-5710

Extents

Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 68387
W° Bound: 142
E° Bound: -151
N° Bound: 32
S° Bound: -18
Description

The U.S. EEZs (Exclusive Economic Zones) of the Pacific Islands Region including Hawaii, American Samoa, Palmyra/Kingman, Wake, Guam/Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 68388
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 2005
Description:

Samples have been collected since 2005. Samples are collected during projects within different areas and discrete time periods. See the EEZ specific sample collection for information.

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Policy:

Requestor will be asked to submit a request by email to Erin Oleson (erin.oleson@noaa.gov) or Marie Hill (marie.hill@noaa.gov)

Data Access Procedure:

Requestor will be asked to submit a request by email to Erin Oleson (erin.oleson@noaa.gov) or Marie Hill (marie.hill@noaa.gov)

Data Access Constraints:

Requestor will be asked to submit a request by email to Erin Oleson (erin.oleson@noaa.gov) or Marie Hill (marie.hill@noaa.gov)

Data Use Constraints:

Requestor will be asked to submit a request by email to Erin Oleson (erin.oleson@noaa.gov) or Marie Hill (marie.hill@noaa.gov). Requests for samples will be considered within the context of other ongoing or proposed projects given limited individual sample volume and overall limited sample size.

Metadata Access Constraints:

None

Metadata Use Constraints:

None

Acronyms

CNMI Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
CRP Cetacean Research Program
EEZ Exclusive Economic Zone
MMPA Marine Mammal Protection Act
NMFS National Marine Fisheries Service
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
PIFSC Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
PSD Protected Species Division
SWFSC Southwest Fisheries Science Center

Related Items

Item Type Relationship Type Title
Project (PRJ) Cross Reference Cetaceans - Photo Collection

Photos of biopsied individuals are taken when possible.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 12850
Metadata Record Created By: Marie C Hill
Metadata Record Created: 2012-08-20 18:32+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-06-04 13:14+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2015-12-13
Owner Org: PIFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2016-12-13