Short Citation:
Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 2021: Description of Specimens in the Marine Mammal Osteology Reference Collection, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/26909.

Item Identification

Title: Description of Specimens in the Marine Mammal Osteology Reference Collection
Short Name: AFSC/NMML: Marine Mammal Osteology Reference Collection
Status: In Work
Abstract:

The NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML) Marine Mammal Osteology Collection consists of approximately 2500 specimens (skulls and post-cranial skeletons) from 43 species of marine mammals from around the world. Specimens have been collected for life history studies over the past 60 years on projects ranging from pelagic sealing in the 1950s, to collections of marine mammals taken incidentally in commercial fisheries, and those found dead on beaches and rookeries from Alaska to the Antarctic.

The NMML Osteology Collection also houses vast numbers of teeth, primarily from northern fur seals taken during the commercial and subsistence harvests on the Pribilof Islands, Steller sea lions taken incidentally in the Alaska fisheries, and sperm whales collected from Pacific coast whaling stations in the 1950s and 60s. The majority of these teeth were initially collected for aging, but many have been used in recent years in stable isotope, nursing and growth layer\growth index studies.

This database is an inventory of specimens and associated data contained within the osteological collection.

Purpose:

These marine mammal osteological specimens have and continue to be collected from strandings, as incidental catches in commercial fisheries or (in earlier years) from directed research projects. Specimens continue to be used as comparative reference material, as well as for other research and education activities.

Notes:

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- Taxonomy (FGDC:taxonomy)

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO19115 Biota
ISO19115 Oceans
None bones
None incidental catch
None marine mammal
None reference collection
None strandings

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None fall
None summer
None winter

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Alaska
None Aleutian Islands
None Bering Sea
None Gulf of Alaska
None Pacific Ocean

Physical Location

Organization: Alaska Fisheries Science Center
City: Seattle
State/Province: WA
Country: USA

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: CSV Files
Maintenance Frequency: Irregular
Data Presentation Form: Table (digital)
Entity Attribute Overview:

"MMBONECOLLECTION.CSV" is a comma-delimited file comprised of collection location, date, and descriptions of marine mammal osteological specimens curated in the museum collection.

Distribution Liability:

Applications or inferences derived from the data should be carefully considered for accuracy. While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.

Data Set Credit: Cite as: NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center (2016). Descriptions of marine mammal specimens in Marine Mammal Osteology Reference Collection, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Mammal Laboratory from 1938-01-01 to 2015-12-05 (NCEI Accession 0140937). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]

Support Roles

Distributor

CC ID: 216346
Date Effective From: 2016-01-20
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD)
Address: NOAA/NESDIS E/OC SSMC3, 4th Floor, 1351 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Phone: (301) 713-3277

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 216339
Date Effective From: 2015-09-04
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Fadely, Brian
Address: SEATTLE, WA
USA
Email Address: brian.fadely@noaa.gov
Phone: 206-526-6173
Fax: 206-526-6615

Originator

CC ID: 216340
Date Effective From: 2015-09-04
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC)
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way N.E., Building 4
Seattle, WA 98115
USA
URL: http://www.afsc.noaa.gov
Business Hours: 0700-1700 Pacific Time

Point of Contact

CC ID: 216348
Date Effective From: 2018
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Gelatt, Tom
Email Address: tom.gelatt@noaa.gov

Extents

Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 216338
W° Bound: -180
E° Bound: -135
N° Bound: 72
S° Bound: -78
Description

Primarily, but not exclusively, the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 216337
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 1950
End: 2015

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Security Classification System:

None

Security Handling Description:

None

Data Access Policy:

Acknowledge NOAA/NMFS/AFSC as the source from which these data were obtained in any publications and/or other representations of these data. Communication and collaboration with data set authors is strongly encouraged prior to use. Cite data as: NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center (2016). Descriptions of marine mammal specimens in Marine Mammal Osteology Reference Collection, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Mammal Laboratory from 1938-01-01 to 2015-12-05 (NCEI Accession 0140937). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date]

Data Access Procedure:

Dataset is available through NCEI via the link provided in "Downloads."

Data Access Constraints:

User must read and fully comprehend the metadata prior to use. Applications or inferences derived from the data should be carefully considered for accuracy.

Data Use Constraints:

User must read and fully comprehend the metadata prior to use. Applications or inferences derived from the data should be carefully considered for accuracy. While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. Cite as: NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center (2016). Descriptions of marine mammal specimens in Marine Mammal Osteology Reference Collection, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Mammal Laboratory from 1938-01-01 to 2015-12-05 (NCEI Accession 0140937). Version 1.1. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. [access date] as the source from which these data were obtained in any publications and/or other representations of these data. Communication and collaboration with data set authors is strongly encouraged.

Metadata Access Constraints:

None.

Metadata Use Constraints:

Metadata are subject to revision at any time and information within the metadata record should not be cited without author consent. While every effort has been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the limits of the current state of the art, NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 241897
Download URL: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/OAS/prd/download/140937.1.1.tar.gz
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016-01-20 - Present)
File Name: 140937.1.1.tar.gz
Description:

Data access page hosted by NCEI.

File Type: .gz
File Size: 1.028 MB

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 223001
URL: http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/Quarterly/amj2009/divrptsNMML1.htm
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: HTML
Description:

Description of NMML Osteological Collection in AFSC Quarterly Research Reports Apr-May-June 2009.

URL 2

CC ID: 845692
URL: https://data.nodc.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/iso?id=gov.noaa.nodc:0140937
Name: Descriptions of marine mammal specimens in Marine Mammal Osteology Reference Collection, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Mammal Laboratory from 1938-01-01 to 2015-12-05 (NCEI Accession 0140937)
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: HTML
Description:

Descriptions of marine mammal specimens in Marine Mammal Osteology Reference Collection, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Mammal Laboratory from 1938-01-01 to 2015-12-05 (NCEI Accession 0140937)

Technical Environment

Description:

Microsoft Excel

Data Quality

Completeness Report:

Opportunistic collections.

Conceptual Consistency:

Not applicable.

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Not available.

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: Yes
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: Unknown
If Delay is Longer than Latency of Automated Processing, Indicate Under What Authority Data Access is Delayed:

Data not automatically processed.

Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: NCEI-MD
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: Unknown
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

IT Security and Contingency Plan for the system establishes procedures and applies to the functions, operations, and resources necessary to recover and restore data as hosted in the Western Regional Support Center in Seattle, Washington, following a disruption

Lineage

Lineage Statement:

Marine mammal specimens and collection data are submitted from various sources. Specimen identification is verified at the laboratory.

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity (ENT) MMBONECOLLECTION.CSV

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 26909
Metadata Record Created By: Brian Fadely
Metadata Record Created: 2015-09-04 17:22+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-06-04 13:14+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-11-27
Owner Org: AFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2019-11-28