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Item Identification

Title: Ecosystems Surveys Branch
Short Name: Ecosystems Surveys Branch (ESB)
Status: In Work

The Ecosystems Surveys Branch collects fishery-independent data during standardized research vessel surveys from Cape Hatteras to the Scotian shelf. These surveys and other data collection programs also provide oceanographic and plankton data for monitoring the health and status of marine resources and their habitat. The branch gathers data on abundance, distribution, feeding ecology, and size and age composition of stocks of economically and ecologically important species.


The data collected are vital for assessment, management, and a wide variety of research programs.


The branch designs, builds, and tests much of its sampling gear and evaluates hydroacoustic sensing systems. Branch staff also conduct vessel and gear standardization studies to ensure comparability of survey indices over time and to perform statistical evaluations of sampling adequacy.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
NMFS Data Category Age & Growth
NMFS Data Category Fishery-Independent Surveys
None Age Sampling
None Biological Sampling
None Bottom Trawl
None Distribution
None Feeding Ecology
None Groundfish
None Invertebrates
None Relative Abundance
None Seasonal Distribution
None Shellfish
None Size Composition
None Stratified Random Sampling
None Survey

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Continous

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Cape Hatteras
None Continental Shelf
None Gulf of Maine
None Mid-Atlantic Bight
None Northeast
None Northwest Atlantic
None Southern New England
None Statistical Area
None Stratum

Stratum Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Benthic
None Pelagic

Physical Location

Organization: Northeast Fisheries Science Center
City: Woods Hole
State/Province: MA
Country: USA

Project Information

Project Type: Collection
Is Mandated?: Yes
Mandated By: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act
Collection Authority: Federal
Collection Method: Electronic, Paper, Photographic,Biological Samples

Support Roles

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 180944
Date Effective From: 2018-09
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Kostovick, Paul
Address: 166 Water Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Email Address:
Phone: (508)495-2343
Fax: (508)495-2230
Business Hours: 8am-4:30pm
Contact Instructions:

Contact via email.


Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 180945
W° Bound: -77
E° Bound: -63
N° Bound: 44
S° Bound: 33

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Policy:

Available to qualified researchers.

Data Access Procedure:

1. Formal request in writing usually to the data owner/contact or Center Director.

2. Requester is contacted by data owner to review and verify the request content and details for data delivery options.

3. If data is confidential then owner will determine is the data may be released to the requester.

4. If data can be released, the data is downloaded and packaged for delivery electronically; or the requester may be directed to where the data is available online.

Data Access Constraints:

If data is stored on an internal NEFSC network, the requester may not have direct access to query the data unless they are also authorized for network access.

Data Use Constraints:

User must read and fully comprehend the metadata prior to use. Applications or inferences derived from the data should be carefully considered for accuracy. Acknowledgement of NOAA/NMFS/NEFSC, as the source from which these data were obtained in any publications and/or other representations of these, data is suggested.



CC ID: 180978
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: HTML

NOAA/NEFSC Ecosystems Surveys Branch webpage


CC ID: 181388
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: HTML

Research vessels that have sailed out of Woods Hole.

Technical Environment


RDBMS: Oracle


CTD Conductivity, Temperature, Depth Instrument
FSCS Fisheries Scientific Computer System
SCS Scientific Computer System

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Project Bottom Trawl Surveys
Project Cooperative Research Surveys
Project Deepwater Systematic Surveys
Project Dredge Surveys
Project Fisheries Acoustic Research Program
Project Historical Data Rescue Project
Project Northern Shrimp Surveys

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 22549
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:22549
Metadata Record Created By: Joan Palmer
Metadata Record Created: 2014-11-13 10:59+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-05-30
Owner Org: NEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2019-05-30
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-05-30