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Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 2022: Gulf of Mexico sperm whale photo-ID catalog, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/26432.

Item Identification

Title: Gulf of Mexico sperm whale photo-ID catalog
Short Name: Gulf of Mexico sperm whale photo-ID catalog
Status: In Work
Abstract:

Photo-identification data on sperm whales occupying the north central Gulf of Mexico have been collected during vessel surveys. Photographs of sperm whales are taken during encounters and markings on tail flukes can be used to identify individual animals. These images have been reviewed and individuals cataloged to evaluate residency and demographic patterns in sperm whales in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Purpose:

To examine residency patterns of sperm whales in the northern Gulf of Mexico.

Notes:

A photo-identification study of sperm whales has been ongoing since 1994. Photos are collected during sperm whale research projects in the Gulf of Mexico. The primary type of data collected is photo-identification images that are used to identify indi

Physical Location

Organization: Southeast Fisheries Science Center
City: Miami
State/Province: FL
Country: USA
Location Description:

Location Of The Main Office Of The South East Fisheries Science Center

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Presentation Form: Table (digital)

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 283636
Date Effective From: 1994
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Garrison, Lance
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Dr
Miami, FL 33149
Email Address: Lance.Garrison@noaa.gov
Phone: 305-361-4488
Fax: 305-361-4478
Business Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST/EDT
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

Distributor

CC ID: 280530
Date Effective From: 1994
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
USA
Phone: (305)361-5761
URL: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/about/southeast-fisheries-science-center
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 283638
Date Effective From: 1994
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Mullin, Keith D
Address: 3209 Frederic St.
Pascagoula, MS 39568
Email Address: keith.d.mullin@noaa.gov
Phone: 228-549-1632
Fax: 228-769-9200
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

Point of Contact

CC ID: 283639
Date Effective From: 1994
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Garrison, Lance
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Dr
Miami, FL 33149
Email Address: Lance.Garrison@noaa.gov
Phone: 305-361-4488
Fax: 305-361-4478
Business Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST/EDT
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

Extents

Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 277998
W° Bound: -98
E° Bound: -80.5
N° Bound: 31
S° Bound: 24.5
Description

Gulf Of Mexico

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 277997
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1994

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:

The data will be available from a public web server once an access methodology has been developed.

Data Access Constraints:

None

Data Quality

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Visual sightings and effort data are reviewed and verified by field leads after each survey day. Identifications of individual animals are reviewed and verified by multiple individuals using tools within a photo-identification database system. Key entered data are verified by comparison to written data sheets.

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: No
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: 0
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: No
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: 365
If Delay is Longer than Latency of Automated Processing, Indicate Under What Authority Data Access is Delayed:

N/A

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

The archival process is currently under development.

Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: 365
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

The data resides on a secure government network requiring multi-factor authentication for network access.

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Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 283643
Description:

Collected photographs are are reviewed and individual animals are identified and compared to previous images of individuals within the catalog. These identifications are then reviewed and verified.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 26432
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:26432
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2015-08-14 17:57+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