Short Citation:
Alaska Regional Office, 2021: Alaska Beluga Strandings, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/27499.

Item Identification

Title: Alaska Beluga Strandings
Status: In Work
Abstract:

NMFS is mandated by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to collect reports of marine mammal stranding events. This particular catalogue item is specific to the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale population.

Physical Location

Organization: Alaska Regional Office
City: Anchocrage
State/Province: AK
Country: USA

Data Set Information

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

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 235032
Date Effective From: 1989
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Mahoney, Barbara
Address: PO Box 43
Anchorage, AK 99513-7577
USA
Email Address: barbara.mahoney@noaa.gov
Phone: (907) 271-3448
Fax: (907) 271-3030
Contact Instructions:

NMFS

222 West 7th Ave

Anchorage, AK 99513

907-271-3448

Distributor

CC ID: 235037
Date Effective From: 1989
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Mahoney, Barbara
Address: PO Box 43
Anchorage, AK 99513-7577
USA
Email Address: barbara.mahoney@noaa.gov
Phone: (907) 271-3448
Fax: (907) 271-3030
Contact Instructions:

NMFS

222 West 7th Ave

Anchorage, AK 99513

907-271-3448

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 235033
Date Effective From: 1989
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Mahoney, Barbara
Address: PO Box 43
Anchorage, AK 99513-7577
USA
Email Address: barbara.mahoney@noaa.gov
Phone: (907) 271-3448
Fax: (907) 271-3030
Contact Instructions:

NMFS

222 West 7th Ave

Anchorage, AK 99513

907-271-3448

Point of Contact

CC ID: 235034
Date Effective From: 1989
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Mahoney, Barbara
Address: PO Box 43
Anchorage, AK 99513-7577
USA
Email Address: barbara.mahoney@noaa.gov
Phone: (907) 271-3448
Fax: (907) 271-3030
Contact Instructions:

NMFS

222 West 7th Ave

Anchorage, AK 99513

907-271-3448

Extents

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 235038
W° Bound: -180
E° Bound: -130
N° Bound: 72
S° Bound: 50
Description

includes all of Alaska

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 235040
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1945

Access Information

Security Class: Sensitive
Data Access Procedure:

These data are sensitive. Only authorized users may access this data directly. The Alaska Regional Office will provide a set of non-sensitive aggregated data.

Data Access Constraints:

These data are sensitive. Only authorized users may access this data directly. The Alaska Regional Office will provide a set of non-sensitive aggregated data.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 269417
Download URL: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/27499
Distributor:

Data Quality

Representativeness:

Data represents all known and confirmed reported beluga whale strandings. However, there could be stranding events that were not reported, and therefore, not recorded. The likelihood of not reporting beluga whale strandings is high pre-1999.

Bias:

Bias would exist based on location of the stranded beluga whale. This is because beluga whales could strand throughout Cook Inlet, but to be observed and reported, people would have to 1) find the stranded whale and 2) report the stranded whale to the federal (NMFS, FWS), state (ADFG, troopers), and/or local governments. Cook Inlet is populated along Turnagain Arm (Seward Highway), Anchorage, Kenai, and Homer.

Completeness Report:

Stranding reports are very completed when necropsies have been done on the beluga whales. Stranding reports are complete when people are able to get on site to measure the stranded whale. Sometimes stranded whales are observed floating by or from airplanes, so reports only identify species, date, and locations.

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Level A and B reports were digitized and stored within the database. Data entry was completed by a contractor for the dates 1945-2011. These data and newly added information were reviewed and corrected as needed by NMFS staff.

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: No
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: Unknown
Do these Data Comply with the Data Access Directive?: No
Is Access to the Data Limited Based on an Approved Waiver?: No
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: 30 days
If Delay is Longer than Latency of Automated Processing, Indicate Under What Authority Data Access is Delayed:

unknown

Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: Other
If World Data Center or Other, Specify: Ted Stevens Marine Research Institute
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: 31 days
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 Alaska Region in Juneau, Alaska, following a disruption.

Lineage

Lineage Statement:

Beluga Whale Stranding Level A and Level B reports were completed by NMFS staff, contractors, other agency staff, and volunteers. These reports were then digitized and data was entered into database by a contractor. NMFS staff then reviewed the entered data for accuracy.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 27499
Metadata Record Created By: Bridget M Mansfield
Metadata Record Created: 2015-09-25 13:58+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2020-08-03 16:13+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2016-01-04
Owner Org: AKRO
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2017-01-04