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Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 2023: AFSC/ABL: Southeast Coastal Monitoring Project - CTD database,

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Title: AFSC/ABL: Southeast Coastal Monitoring Project - CTD database
Short Name: AFSC/ABL: Southeast Coastal Monitoring Project - CTD database
Status: In Work
Publication Date: Unknown

The Southeast Alaska Coastal Monitoring (SECM) project in Alaska was initiated in 1997 by the Auke Bay Laboratory, National Marine Fisheries Service, to study the habitat use and early marine ecology of juvenile (age-0) Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) and associated epipelagic ichthyofauna. This research has been conducted to meet several needs identified in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries 2006-2011 Strategic Plan, the North Pacific Anadromous Fisheries Commission (NPAFC) 20062010 Science Plan, and the Gulf of Alaska Global Ocean Ecosystem Dynamics (GLOBEC) Program.

A primary goal of the 2006-2011 NOAA Fisheries Strategic Plan is to Protect, Restore, and Manage the Use of Coastal and Ocean Resources Through an Ecosystem Approach to Management. SECM research addresses the five fundamental activities identified under this goal, which include: Monitor and observe the land, sea, atmosphere. Understand and describe how natural systems work together, Assess and predict the changes in natural systems, Engage, advise, and inform individuals, partners, communities, and industries, and, Manage coastal and ocean resources SECM research emphasizes long-term monitoring of coastal marine habitats used by juvenile salmon and associated epipelagic fishes, to understand how environmental variation affects the sustainability of these marine resources in an ecological context.

The study of juvenile anadromous stocks of salmon in ocean ecosystems is an important component of the NPAFC 2006-2010 Science Plan. This component recommends studies directed at understanding: seasonal distribution and migration route/timing of juvenile salmon; hydrological characteristics, primary production, and prey resources in the habitats; trophic linkages, growth rates and predation rates of juvenile salmon; and population size, survival rate and survival mechanism of juvenile salmon. SECM research focuses on each of these elements of this component. In particular, SECM examines the relationships among habitat use, marine growth, hatchery and wild stock interactions, year-class strength, and ocean carrying capacity of key juvenile salmon stocks in the Eastern Pacific rim.

Research under the GLOBEC program incorporates basin-scale studies to determine how plankton productivity and the carrying capacity for high-trophic level, pelagic carnivores in the North Pacific Ocean change in response to climate variations, and incorporates regional-scale ecosystem studies to compare how variations in ocean climate affect species dominance and fish populations in the coastal margins of the Pacific Rim. SECM research addresses the regional-scale component of the GLOBEC program by 1) collecting biological data on juvenile Pacific salmon and ecologically related fish species from surface rope trawl samples, 2) monitoring physical and biological oceanographic indices at sampling stations in marine habitats, and 3) conducting process studies focusing on bioenergetics, prey fields, and trophic relationships of juvenile salmon and associated fishes.


This database contains the collected CTD profiles from annual monitoring by the Southeast Alaska Coastal Monitoring Project (SECM) of the Auke Bay Laboratory, in Juneau Alaska.


Loaded by FGDC Metadata Uploader, batch 5990, 05-01-2015 19:50


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
Global Change Master Directory Parameter Valids Chlorophyll
Global Change Master Directory Parameter Valids Marine Habitat
Global Change Master Directory Parameter Valids Nutrients
Global Change Master Directory Parameter Valids Salinity
Global Change Master Directory Parameter Valids Sea Surface Temperature

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Long Term

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Geographic Names Information System Auke Bay
Geographic Names Information System Chatham Strait
Geographic Names Information System Clarence Strait
Geographic Names Information System Gulf of Alaska
Geographic Names Information System Icy Strait

Stratum Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None surface

Physical Location

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

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: Database
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: 200970
Date Effective From: 1997-05-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Orsi, Joe
Email Address:


CC ID: 200851
Date Effective From: 2015-05-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Orsi, Joe
Email Address:

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 200849
Date Effective From: 2015-05-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): MC, Metadata Coordinators
Email Address:


CC ID: 200852
Date Effective From: 2015-05-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Orsi, Joe
Email Address:

Point of Contact

CC ID: 200850
Date Effective From: 2015-05-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Orsi, Joe
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 200848
W° Bound: -137.71
E° Bound: -131.802
N° Bound: 58.367
S° Bound: 55.115

Southeast Alaska

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 200847
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1997-05-11

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: 233610
Download URL:

NCEI to be determined

Note: Dataset migrated by Dan Woodrich (AFSC data management coordinator) on 12/14/2021. Contact:

Technical Environment


Microsoft Access

Data Quality

Completeness Report:

Data was collected at all sampling sites when possible. See cruise reports located at (site may need to be re-navigated due to updates) for completed vs planned sampling. This metadata file was created referencing the most current sampling plan/methodology.

Conceptual Consistency:

No logical consistency test were run.

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: yes
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 cite 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.


Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 200858

No process steps have been described for this data set

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity Cast information
Entity Haul
Entity J-Salmon-Systematic-Catch-97-06NEW
Entity Mixed Layer Depth
Entity Nutrients-chlorophyll
Entity Profile
Entity Station

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 17276
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:17276
Metadata Record Created By: Doug Turnbull
Metadata Record Created: 2012-12-19 19:25+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:09+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2016-05-18
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