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Southeast Regional Office, 2024: Leatherback Sea Turtle Critical Habitat,

Item Identification

Title: Leatherback Sea Turtle Critical Habitat
Short Name: Leatherback Sea Turtle Critical Habitat
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 1979-03-23

These data represent the critical habitat for leatherback turtle as designated by Federal Register Vol. 44, No. 17711, March 23, 1979, Rules and Regulations. Redesignated and amended at 64 FR 14067, March 23, 1999.


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


Loaded by FGDC Metadata Uploader, batch 6481, 07-09-2015 11:41

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
ISO 19115 Topic Category
PARR Exclusion Non-Environmental Data
None Critical Habitat
None Dermochelys coriacea
None Endangered Species
None fishery-dependent
None GIS
None Leatherback Sea Turtle

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Caribbean
None Sandy Point
None St. Croix
None U.S. Virgin Islands

Stratum Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 100 fathom curve

Data Set Information

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

Support Roles


CC ID: 841797
Date Effective From: 2019-05-23
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:


Metadata Contact

CC ID: 207572
Date Effective From: 2015-07-09
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Frick, Amanda L
Address: 263 13th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Email Address:
Phone: 727-824-5301
Fax: 727-824-5320


CC ID: 207574
Date Effective From: 2015-07-09
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Moore, Jennifer
Address: 263 13th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Email Address:
Phone: 727-824-5312
Fax: 727-824-5309

Point of Contact

CC ID: 207573
Date Effective From: 2015-07-09
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Klemm, Dennis
Address: 263 13th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Email Address:
Phone: 727-824-5312
Fax: 727-824-5309


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 207571
W° Bound: -64.933182
E° Bound: -64.833
N° Bound: 17.702997
S° Bound: 17.630259

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 207570
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 1979-03-23

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. For more details on this process, see the process description. The text description in 44 FR 17711 is always the one, true definition of leatherback turtle 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: 841796
Start Date: 2019-05-23
End Date: Present
Download URL:
Distributor: Southeast Regional Office (SERO) (2019-05-23 - Present)
File Name:

leatherback turtle critical habitat shapefile



CC ID: 207576
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: HTML

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: 207579

Detailed shoreline for St. Croix from NOAA digital vector chart was created, then the 100 fathom curve was created by conducting heads-up digitizing of the contour from NOAA chart 25641_1 using ESRI's ArcGIS software.

Process Date/Time: 2005-07-12 00:00:00

Process Step 2

CC ID: 207580

Land area was erased from the buffer area using ET Geowizards. The source of land area used to erase was from the NCCOS project for coral and seafloor mapping.

Process Date/Time: 2008-06-02 00:00:00

Child Items

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Entity LeathbackTurtle_Critical_Habitat

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 25855
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:25855
Metadata Record Created By: Amanda L Frick
Metadata Record Created: 2015-07-09 11:41+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