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Southeast Regional Office, 2024: Gulf sturgeon Critical Habitat Units 8-14,

Item Identification

Title: Gulf sturgeon Critical Habitat Units 8-14
Short Name: Gulf sturgeon Critical Habitat Units 8-14
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2003-03-19

These data represent the critical habitat for Gulf Sturgeon as designated by Federal Register Vol. 68, No. 53, Wednesday, March 19, 2003, Rules and Regulations.


The purpose of these data is to visually represent the critical habitat areas for GIS analysis and display.


Loaded by FGDC Metadata Uploader, batch 6451, 07-08-2015 17:43

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

- Spatial Reference Information (FGDC:spref),

- Spatial Data Organization Information (FGDC:spdoinfo)


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
PARR Exclusion Non-Environmental Data
None Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi
None Critical Habitat
None Endangered Species
None fishery-dependent
None GIS
None Gulf Sturgeon

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Alabama
None Apalachicola Bay
None Choctawhatchee Bay
None Florida
None Gulf of Mexico
None Lake Borgne
None Lake Pontchartrain
None Louisiana
None Mississippi
None Mississippi Sound
None Near shore Gulf of Mexico
None Pensacola Bay
None Santa Rosa Sound
None Suwannee Sound

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Data Presentation Form: Map (digital)

Support Roles


CC ID: 845273
Date Effective From: 2019-05-30
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Southeast Regional Office (SERO)
Address: 263 13th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone: (727)824-5301
Business Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
Contact Instructions:

(727) 824-5301

View Historical Support Roles


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 207334
W° Bound: -90.154254
E° Bound: -83.04774
N° Bound: 30.582618
S° Bound: 29.067242

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 207333
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2003-12-24

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Users be advised that the accuracy of this data set is completely dependent upon the accuracy of the shoreline data used in the creation process. Also be advised that the Colreg Demarcation lines used in the delineation of boundaries are the best estimate possible given the available source data. For more details on this process, see the process description. The text description in 68 FR 13370 is always the one, true definition of Gulf sturgeon critical habitat. These or any other depictions are for information purposes only and shouldn't be relied on for regulatory purposes.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 845274
Start Date: 2019-05-30
End Date: Present
Download URL:
Distributor: Southeast Regional Office (SERO) (2019-05-30 - Present)

Technical Environment


Microsoft Windows 7 Version 6.1 (Build 7601) Service Pack 1; Esri ArcGIS

Data Quality

Completeness Report:

Complete Pending NMFS PRD Review

Conceptual Consistency:

Not Applicable


Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 207339

The base shoreline data set used in this process was the Coastal Assessment Framework shapefile from NOAA/NOS/SPO. Additional reference data sets included Mr SID CIR Imagery of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway from, TIGER Line shapefiles of roads in Louisiana and Florida from and road and railroad shapefiles in Mississippi from MARIS. Maptech's Digital Chart Kit, Regions 8 and 17 featuring NOAA Digital Charts and a text description of the 72 COLREGS Demarcation lines from were also used. These additional layers were used to designate boundaries on individual units as dictated by the critical habitat designations described in the Federal Register Document.Inland units were created by digitizing a polygon slightly larger than the water body it represented. The new polygons were then "edit clipped" to the shoreline to exactly match the shoreline. In areas where the entire water body was not included, the boundaries were drawn following the feature described in Federal Register document. (Ex. The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway was digitized from the Mr SID's and used as the western boundary of the polygon. Bays with adjacent rivers or bayous that were excluded had their boundaries created by drawing a straight line across the river's mouth as dictated by the Document.) Every effort was made to exclude features at locations consistent with the descriptions in the Document.Near shore units were created by creating a 1 nautical mile buffer of the coastline (9nm in the case of the Suwannee Sound) or barrier island as indicated by the Document. The seaward side of these buffers was used as the southern boundary of the units. For the passes between islands, line segments were digitized to represent the 72 COLREGS Demarcation lines and 1 nautical mile buffers were created from those lines. Those buffers were merged with the buffers of the islands to complete the southern boundaries of the units. Every effort was made to accurately follow the descriptions of the 72 COLREGS lines. Whenever coordinates were used in the description, those coordinates were used in the creation of the buffers. When no coordinates were given, the lines/buffers were created by following the descriptions in the text.The Maptech software was used primarily as a guide to locate areas by name. The digital charts were also useful for accuracy evaluation in placement of the 72 COLREGS lines, as they were visible on the charts and could be compared to the lines digitized from text descriptions.

Process Date/Time: 2003-12-23 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity Gulf_sturgeon_Critical_Habitat_Unit8_14

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 25835
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:25835
Metadata Record Created By: Amanda L Frick
Metadata Record Created: 2015-07-08 17:43+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:09+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-05-31
Owner Org: SERO
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2019-05-31
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-05-31