Short Citation:
Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 2020: AFSC/ABL: Nearshore Fish Atlas of Alaska,

Item Identification

Title: AFSC/ABL: Nearshore Fish Atlas of Alaska
Short Name: AFSC/ABL: Nearshore Fish Atlas of Alaska
Status: In Work
Publication Date: Unknown

Information on the distribution and relative abundance of nearshore fishes from beach seine hauls in Alaska is now available to managers as an online Fish Atlas. The atlas is dynamic and will continually be updated as more data becomes available. Presently, the atlas includes distribution and habitat use information for nearshore fishes in southeastern Alaska, Prince William Sound, the Aleutian Islands, and the Arctic. This online database has been designed to integrate with the spatially explicit, Alaska ShoreZone web enabled GIS platform. Further details about the database design can be found on Auke Bay Laboratories public website.


The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1996 requires the identification of essential fish habitat (EFH) for species included in FMPs. Identifying EFH requires basic information on fish distribution and habitat use. Shallow, marine waters (<20 m offshore and <5 m deep) provide spawning, feeding, and nursery habitats for many FMP species in Alaska. The Alaska Nearshore Fish Atlas database contains information on fish use of shallow-water, marine habitats. The spatially explicit information in this database provides resource managers with data needed to protect areas critical to fisheries and to assess anthropogenic actions that may adversely affect fish habitat. The database provides a baseline for long-term monitoring and could prove invaluable in the event of a major human or natural disturbance.


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The following FGDC sections are not currently supported in InPort, but were preserved and will be included in the FGDC export:

- Taxonomy (FGDC:taxonomy)


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Categories 002
ISO 19115 Topic Categories Biota

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Geographic Names Information System AK
Geographic Names Information System Alaska

Physical Location

Organization: Auke Bay Laboratories
City: Juneau
State/Province: AK
Country: US

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: Annually
Data Presentation Form: maps or data
Distribution Liability:

The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 228221
Date Effective From: 2015-10-05
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Lindeberg, Mandy
Email Address:


CC ID: 228038
Date Effective From: 2015-10-05
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Lindeberg, Mandy
Email Address:

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 228036
Date Effective From: 2015-10-05
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): MC, Metadata Coordinators
Email Address:


CC ID: 228039
Date Effective From: 2015-10-05
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Lindeberg, Mandy
Email Address:


CC ID: 228040
Date Effective From: 2015-10-05
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC)
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way N.E., Building 4
Seattle, WA 98115
Business Hours: 0700-1700 Pacific Time

Point of Contact

CC ID: 228037
Date Effective From: 2015-10-05
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Lindeberg, Mandy
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 228035
W° Bound: -171
E° Bound: -129
N° Bound: 71.39
S° Bound: 51


Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 228034
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 1998
End: 2015-03-06

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:


Data Access Constraints:

There are no legal restrictions on access to the data. They reside in public domain and can be freely distributed.

Data Use Constraints:

User must read and fully comprehend the metadata prior to use. Data should not be used beyond the limits of the source scale. Acknowledgement of NOAA, as the source from which these data were obtained, in any publications and/or other representations of these data is suggested.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 233571
Download URL:

NCEI to be determined



CC ID: 228042
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: HTM

Technical Environment


Microsoft Access database

Data Quality

Completeness Report:


Conceptual Consistency:

Location of Fish Atlas lexicon is RECA datasets page

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Contact the dataset POC for full QA/QC methodology.

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: Yes
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: Unknown
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: unknown
If Delay is Longer than Latency of Automated Processing, Indicate Under What Authority Data Access is Delayed:

no delay

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

NCEI site yet to be determined

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

IT Security and Contingency Plan for the system establishes procedures and applies to the functions, operations, and resources necessary to recover and restore data as hosted in the Western Regional Support Center in Seattle, Washington, following a disruption.


Lineage Statement:

Contact Data Steward for dataset lexicaon and full methodology.

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 228045

No precess steps were performed for this data set.

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
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Entity (ENT) Data_EelgrassInvertBiomass
Entity (ENT) Data_EelgrassInvertPresence
Entity (ENT) Data_EelgrassMaps
Entity (ENT) Data_EelgrassPermanentQuads
Entity (ENT) Data_Events
Entity (ENT) Data_JigCatch
Entity (ENT) Data_JigTransects
Entity (ENT) Data_RovDive
Entity (ENT) Data_RovTransects
Entity (ENT) Data_SeineCatch
Entity (ENT) Data_SeineTrawlCatch
Entity (ENT) Data_ShoreZone
Entity (ENT) Data_SiteHabitat
Entity (ENT) Data_Sites
Entity (ENT) Data_Thermographs
Entity (ENT) Data_TrawlCatch
Entity (ENT) Data_TrawlTransects
Entity (ENT) Data_Vegetation
Entity (ENT) FieldGuide_RegionSpecies
Entity (ENT) FieldGuide_Regions
Entity (ENT) FieldGuide_Species
Entity (ENT) Figures_Eelgrass
Entity (ENT) Figures_Thermographs
Entity (ENT) HabitatTypes
Entity (ENT) Lookup_EcoRegion
Entity (ENT) Lookup_Family
Entity (ENT) Lookup_FieldDefs
Entity (ENT) Lookup_Habitat
Entity (ENT) Lookup_KelpSpecies
Entity (ENT) Lookup_LengthAtAge
Entity (ENT) Lookup_LifeStage
Entity (ENT) Lookup_Locale
Entity (ENT) Lookup_Location
Entity (ENT) Lookup_Region
Entity (ENT) Lookup_SpeciesCodes
Entity (ENT) Lookup_SubLocale
Entity (ENT) MedianTable
Entity (ENT) Paste Errors
Entity (ENT) Pat_CBJeelgrass
Entity (ENT) Pat_Veg_GrassAlgae
Entity (ENT) Photos_Fish
Entity (ENT) Photos_Sites
Entity (ENT) Synthesis_AllEventIDs
Entity (ENT) Synthesis_AllTaxa
Entity (ENT) Synthesis_AllTaxa&Species
Entity (ENT) Synthesis_MissingEvents
Entity (ENT) Synthesis_PageNumbers
Entity (ENT) Synthesis_RegionRank
Entity (ENT) Synthesis_Species
Entity (ENT) Synthesis_SpeciesRank
Entity (ENT) Synthesis_Table10species
Entity (ENT) Synthesis_Table11species
Entity (ENT) Synthesis_Table12species
Entity (ENT) Synthesis_Table13species
Entity (ENT) Synthesis_Table14species
Entity (ENT) Synthesis_Table15species
Entity (ENT) Synthesis_Table7species
Entity (ENT) Synthesis_Table8species
Entity (ENT) Synthesis_Table9species
Entity (ENT) Tbl Maturity
Entity (ENT) aReadmeFile_FishAtlasDB
Entity (ENT) tbl Habitat
Entity (ENT) tbl KaktovikFish
Entity (ENT) tblSample

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 17274
Metadata Record Created By: Doug Turnbull
Metadata Record Created: 2012-12-19 19:16+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-06-04 13:14+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2016-05-18
Owner Org: AFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2017-05-19