Short Citation:
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, 2021: 2005-present_Cetacean Biopsy Samples from the Pacific Islands Region, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/25310.

Item Identification

Title: 2005-present_Cetacean Biopsy Samples from the Pacific Islands Region
Status: In Work
Creation Date: 2015
Abstract:

This catalog 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 Manne 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:

See specific region projects for more information.

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.

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None biopsy
None Cetacean Research Program
None cetaceans
None contaminants
None genetics
None Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
None Protected Species Division
None skin and blubber

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None American Samoa EEZ
None Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands EEZ
None Guam EEZ
None Main Hawaiian Islands
None Mariana Archipelago
None Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
None Pacific Islands Region
None Palmyra EEZ
None Papahanaumokuakea Marine Mational Monument
None Wake EEZ

Instrument Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None crossbow

Platform Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Oscar Elton Sette
None small boat

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

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: Other
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Data Presentation Form: digital table and tissue sample

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 262732
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: 262734
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: 262737
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: 262736
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: 262733
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: 262735
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: 204035
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: 204036
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 2005

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

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 255922
Start Date: 2005-10
End Date: 2018-02
Download URL: https://oceanwatch.pifsc.noaa.gov/xfer/PIFSC_PIRO_bulk_data_download_InPort_25310.tgz
Distributor: Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) (2006 - Present)
File Name: PSD_CRP_Biopsy_Samples_2005_to_FEB_2018
Description:

A list of the biopsy samples collected during projects conducted by PIFSC or those conducted with PIFSC funding or permit.

File Type: SPREADSHEET (MICROSOFT EXCEL)

Data Quality

Completeness Report:

All samples collected are reported within the table

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Biopsy sampling data collected prior to 2011 were collected on paper forms and then data on the biopsy samples collected were transcribed into the biopsy spreadsheet within the Cetacean Research Program (CRP) Microsoft Access database. Datasheets were checked in the field after sampling and data were checked after entry into the access database. After 2011 data on biopsy sampling were collected on an ipad using a Filemaker database. Data are checked in the field in the Filemaker database. Data on samples collected are imported into the primary CRP Access database.

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: No
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: Unknown
Do these Data Comply with the Data Access Directive?: No
Is Access to the Data Limited Based on an Approved Waiver?: No
If Distributor (Data Hosting Service) is Needed, Please Indicate: Data hosting services are needed
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: 1 year
If Delay is Longer than Latency of Automated Processing, Indicate Under What Authority Data Access is Delayed:

We are given 1 yr. from the date of data collection to the required date of dissemination.

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

The data are currently archived at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center on hard drives.

Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: 1wk-1mo
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

Multiple copies are made and stored on different hard drives that are in secure locations.

Lineage

Lineage Statement:

Samples are collected using a crossbow. Samples are split in half when possible. Half of the sample is stored at PIFSC in a -80degC freezer and half is sent to Southwest Fisheries Science Center for immediate genetic analysis or for archival storage.

Data on sample collection are stored within a Microsoft Access database.

Acquisition Information

Instruments

Instrument 1

CC ID: 837227
Identifier: RX-150
Instrument / Gear: Gear
Instrument Type: Crossbow
Description:

RX-150 crossbow with projectile darts are used to collect biopsy samples remotely.

Platforms

Platform 1

CC ID: 837232
Identifier: Charter vessels-small boats
Description:

various vessels ranging in size (20-40 ft length) chartered for cetacean surveys when a NOAA small boat is not available.

Mounted Instrument 1

Identifier: RX-150

Platform 2

CC ID: 837228
Identifier: Oscar Elton Sette (SE)
Docucomp UUID: 7150f90a-b04f-49bc-9b63-b232e6bdba1b
Description:

TThe NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette is named for Dr. Oscar Elton Sette. Dr. Sette was a pioneer in the development of fisheries oceanography and according to many fisheries scientists, is the father of modern fisheries oceanography in the U.S. He is recognized both nationally and internationally for many significant contributions to marine fisheries research. Oscar Elton Sette replaces Townsend Cromwell. Oscar Elton Sette supports the scientific missions of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Science Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The ship normally operates throughout the central and western Pacific, and conducts fisheries assessment surveys, physical and chemical oceanography, marine mammal projects and coral reef research. It collects fish and crustacean specimens using bottom trawls, longlines, and fish traps. Plankton, fish larvae and eggs are also collected with plankton nets and surface and mid-water larval nets. The ship routinely conducts scuba diving missions for the Honolulu Laboratory. Ample deck space enables Oscar Elton Sette to carry a recompression chamber as an added safety margin for dive-intensive missions in remote regions. The ship is actively involved in NMFS Honolulu Coral Reef Restoration cruises, which concentrate scientific efforts on the removal, classification and density of marine debris and discarded commercial fishing gear from fragile coral reefs.

Mounted Instrument 1

Identifier: RX-150

Platform 3

CC ID: 837230
Identifier: SE-06 - Steel Toe
Description:

18' Safeboat used for various surveys off Oahu and sometimes launched off the Oscar Elton Sette

Mounted Instrument 1

Identifier: RX-150

Child Items

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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 25310
Metadata Record Created By: Marie C Hill
Metadata Record Created: 2015-06-09 20:33+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2021-03-18 17:49+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-08-09
Owner Org: PIFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2019-08-10