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Southeast Regional Office, 2024: Acropora Location Database,

Item Identification

Title: Acropora Location Database
Short Name: Acropora Location Database
Status: In Work
Publication Date: 2015-07-09

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have embarked upon a collaborative effort to produce an online tool to allow for the open dissemination of Acropora-related datasets. An ArcGIS geodatabase has been built with the purpose of effective and accurate depiction of benthic data related to Acropora palmataand A. cervicornis. The geodatabase has been populated with significant multi-agency data from federal, state, university and non-government organizations. These agencies include NOAA, National Park Service, FWC, University of Miami, Univeristy of North Carolina - Wilmington, National Coral Reef Institute and The Nature Conservancy. All datasets include Acropora presence/absence and latitudinal /longitudinal coordinates at the minimum. This project was funded by award NA1ONMF4720029 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Department of Commerce.


To record and display the reported sightings of Acropora palmata and Acropora cervicornis.


Loaded by FGDC Metadata Uploader, batch 6512, 07-10-2015 11:28

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)

Supplemental Information:

Prior to July 1, 2004, the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) was known as the Florida Marine Research Institute (FMRI). The institute name has not been changed in historical data sets or references to work completed by the Florida Marine Research Institute. The institute name has been changed in references to ongoing research, new research, and contact information.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
None Acropora
None cervicornis
None critical habitat
None fishery-dependent
None geodatabase
None palmata

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Caribbean
None Florida Keys
None Puerto Rico
None U.S. Virgin Islands

Data Set Information

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

This data set is in the public domain, and the recipient may not assert any proprietary rights thereto nor represent it to anyone as other than a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission produced data set; it is provided "as-is" without warranty of any kind, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The user assumes all responsibility for the accuracy and suitability of this data set for a specific application. In no event will the staff of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission be liable for any damages, including lost profits, lost savings, or other incidental or consequential damages arising from the use of or the inability to use this data set.

Support Roles


CC ID: 207697
Date Effective From: 2015-07-10
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

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 207695
Date Effective From: 2015-07-10
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: 207698
Date Effective From: 2015-07-10
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

Point of Contact

CC ID: 207696
Date Effective From: 2015-07-10
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


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 207694
W° Bound: -83.103
E° Bound: -64.56437
N° Bound: 27.1317
S° Bound: 17.75342

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 207693
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 1996-01-01
End: 2014-06-21

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Security Handling Description:

Available without restriction

Data Access Constraints:

These data are unrestricted. Where possible, always acquire this dataset directly from FWC as other sources may have altered the original data.

Data Use Constraints:

Users are encouraged to read and fully comprehend the metadata record prior to using these data. Please acknowledge the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) as the data source for any products developed from these data. Users should be aware that comparison with other data sets for the same area may be inaccurate due to inconsistencies resulting from changes in mapping conventions, data collection techniques, and computer processes over time. FWC shall not be liable for improper or incorrect use of these data.

Metadata Access Constraints:

No restrictions on metadata

Metadata Use Constraints:

Metadata must be distributed with the data set.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 207699
Start Date: 2019-05-30
End Date: Present
Download URL:
Distributor: Southeast Regional Office (SERO) (2015-07-10 - Present)

web map showing coral locations.

File Type (Deprecated): SHP
Distribution Format: Shapefile
Application Version: 10.X



CC ID: 207701
URL Type:
Online Resource


CC ID: 207702
URL Type:

Web map showing coral locations.

Technical Environment


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

Data Quality

Completeness Report:

The inventory is not complete and will be added to with increasing observations. New and/or altered locations that are not currently present in the database will be added as data are made available. Data points that had no coordinates and data that were not logically consistent were removed by FWRI staff.

Conceptual Consistency:

These data are logically consistent. FWRI staff removed limited point data that were not logically consistent (such as in situ observations located far outside of reef zones). Data were collected from various sources. The datasets collected were not resampled and are presented in their original form as provided from the contributing agencies.


Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 207705

Locations of Acropora palmata presence were selected using the "Select by Attributes" tool. A new shapefiles was created from the selection resulting in the final palmata_present.shp.

Process Date/Time: 2009-01-01 00:00:00

Process Step 2

CC ID: 207706

FWRI downloaded the Acropora_CREMP.shp, Acropora_DTNP.shp, Acropora_FKNMS.shp, Acropora_SEFSC.shp, Acropora_sp_obs.shp, APAL_present.shp, Elkhorn_Transect_pt.shp, NOVA_Acroporapres.shp, pbc_staghorn.shp, pr_acropora_distribution.shp, A palmata locations.shp, STC_APAL_biogeo_pres_abs.shp, STC_PAL_ACER_combo.shp, STJ_biogeo_APAL_pres_abs.shp, STJ_USGS_APAL_pres_abs.shp and UNCW_Acropora.shp files that were compiled by NOAA from various agencies. FWRI imported the shapefile to the Acropora geodatabase.

Process Date/Time: 2009-01-01 00:00:00

Process Step 3

CC ID: 207707

All individual shapefiles were merged into a single shapefile depicting points of in situ observations.

Process Date/Time: 2009-01-01 00:00:00

Process Step 4

CC ID: 207708

FWRI downloaded the Acropora_DERM_NOVA.xls, pbc2_staghorn.xls, Misc_acropora.xls and Acropora_SEFSCNEW.xls files that were provided by NOAA. FWRI converted the .xls files to shapefiles using the "Add X,Y" tool in ArcMap. FWRI defined the projection of the data as geographic North American 1983 HARN. FWRI then removed data points that were not logically consistent, such as points located outside of the reef zone.

Process Date/Time: 2009-01-01 00:00:00

Process Step 5

CC ID: 207709

New Data were appended.

Process Date/Time: 2014-09-22 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity Acropora_Presence_or_Absence_Locations

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 25890
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:25890
Metadata Record Created By: Amanda L Frick
Metadata Record Created: 2015-07-10 11:28+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-10-17 16:12+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-05-30
Owner Org: SERO
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