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Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 2023: 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

NOAA Fisheries Alaska Regional Office and Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Auke Bay Laboratories designed the Nearshore Fish Atlas of Alaska (NFA) to provide access to available data on the distribution, relative abundance, and habitat use of nearshore fishes in Alaska. The NFA is a spatially explicit, unified database of numerous nearshore catch datasets collected by various agencies and organizations in Alaska over the past several decades. The compiled datasets are from dozens of studies with different objectives and gear types (e.g., beach seines, purse seines, and trawls). The online NFA application has spatial and tabular tools for extensive searching, filtering, and downloading fully attributed data.


The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1996 requires the identification of essential fish habitat (EFH) for species included in federal fishery management plans (FMPs). Identifying EFH requires basic information on fish distribution and habitat use. For many FMPs in Alaska, EFH information is limited, especially for early life stages of fish found in nearshore habitats. A key function of the NFA is to provide a centralized location for researchers and the public to conduct desktop reconnaissance and acquire a wealth of data. Ultimately, the information housed in the NFA helps resource managers prepare biological opinions and identify habitats essential to different life stages of commercially and ecologically important fish species in Alaska’s nearshore.


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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 Category

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: As Needed
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: 2022

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: 1203980
Download URL:

Folder on NOAA Open Data Dissemination containing component data tables.

File Type (Deprecated): .csv
Distribution Format: CSV - Comma Separated Values (Text)



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

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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 17274
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport: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: 2023-10-17 16:12+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2023-02-27
Owner Org: AFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2016-05-18
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2017-05-18