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Title: Atlantic Marine Mammal Assessment Vessel Surveys
Status: In Work

These data sets are a compilation of large vessel surveys for marine mammal stock assessments in South Atlantic (Florida to Maryland) waters from 1994 to the present. These are designed as line-transect surveys which typically follow a "double saw-tooth" pattern covering waters between the continental shelf break (approx. 200m depth) and the U.S. Economic Exclusivity Zone. Visual survey data are collected following standard protocols and are intended for analysis using the line-transect "Distance" method to provide estimates of abundance for marine mammal stocks within the survey area. Each survey includes a collection of data sets including visual survey data (survey effort and sightings of marine mammals and other species), passive and active acoustics data, sample collection information, and physical oceanographic data. These data have been used to develop estimates of population size for target species for use in annual Marine Mammal Protection Act stock assessment reports.


To assess the abundance and spatial distribution of cetaceans along the U.S. Atlantic coast between Florida and Maryland.


Survey designs vary among years. Each survey has an associated cruise report that is available from the Southeast Fisheries Science Center which describes survey objectives and results.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None abundance
None cetaceans
None spatial distribution

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 1994-present

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
NODC SEA AREA NAMES north atlantic ocean

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 209998
Date Effective From: 1994
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Garrison, Lance
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Dr
Miami, FL 33149
Email Address:
Phone: 305-361-4488
Fax: 305-361-4478
Business Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST/EDT

Point of Contact

CC ID: 209999
Date Effective From: 1994
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Mullin, Keith D
Address: 3209 Frederic St.
Pascagoula, MS 39568
Email Address:
Phone: 228-549-1632
Fax: 228-769-9200


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 209995
W° Bound: -82
E° Bound: -65.5
N° Bound: 40.5
S° Bound: 24.5

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 209996
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1994

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 25886
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:25886
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2015-07-10 06:34+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-04-29
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2021-04-29
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-04-29