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Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 2022: Turtle Excluder Device Certification Testing Data, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/29496.

Item Identification

Title: Turtle Excluder Device Certification Testing Data
Status: Completed
Abstract:

Since 1988, the Southeast Fisheries Science Center Mississippi Laboratories has conducted Turtle Excluder Device (TED) certification testing that utilizes captive-reared sea turtles obtained from the SEFSC, Galveston Laboratory. The objectives of the study are to evaluate candidate TEDs for sea turtle exclusion efficiency following a standardized small turtle testing protocol (Federal Register, Vol. 55, No. 195). The protocol consists of towing a 50 ft, western jib trawl directly astern of a vessel at a towing speed of 2.5 kts. A messenger wire is incorporated into the trawl and attached to the towing vessel. Turtles are transported from the vessel to the trawl inside a herculite bag via the messenger wire. Three SCUBA divers are utilized to conduct the test. Diver one releases each turtle into the trawl, diver two records elapsed time and captures escaping turtles or removes captured turtles from the trawl. Diver three records the entire sequence with a video camera. Once released into the trawl, each turtle is given five minutes to escape through the candidate TED and either scored as an escape or capture. Each year, a control TED and candidate TED are exposed to 25 turtle trials and are scored accordingly. The performance of the control TED for a given year is utilized to determine the sea turtle exclusion efficiency of candidate TEDs and determine if designs pass or fail. All TEDs that pass the certification protocol are considered allowable gear for use in commercial shrimp trawl fisheries both domestically and internationally. Currently, data from 2007 to 2014 are included in this database with previous years existing in paper form only. Data prior to 2007 will be included in this dataset in the future. Data recorded include measurements of various TED components, test number, turtle identifier, turtle release position, turtle activity level, turtle escape or capture, and turtle escape time.

Purpose:

To evaluate candidate Turtle Excluder Devices for sea turtle exclusion efficiency following a standardized small turtle testing protocol.

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None Certification Testing
None GOM
None Gulf of Mexico
None Mississippi Laboratories
None TED
None Turtle Excluder Device

Physical Location

Organization: Mississippi Laboratory
City: Pascagoula
State/Province: MS

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: Access Database, spreadsheets
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Data Presentation Form: Table (digital)

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 267459
Date Effective From: 1998
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Mitchell, John
Address: 3209 Frederic St.
Pascagoula, MS 39568
Email Address: john.mitchell@noaa.gov
Phone: 228-549-1769
Fax: 228-769-8699

Distributor

CC ID: 267461
Date Effective From: 2013
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: 267458
Date Effective From: 1998
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Mitchell, John
Address: 3209 Frederic St.
Pascagoula, MS 39568
Email Address: john.mitchell@noaa.gov
Phone: 228-549-1769
Fax: 228-769-8699
View Historical Support Roles

Extents

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 267466
W° Bound: -86
E° Bound: -85.5
N° Bound: 30.16666666667
S° Bound: 30.05

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 267467
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1998

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:

Contact the individual identified as the distributor for this data set. Please include the title of the data set and the name of the data steward when requesting a copy of this data.

Data Access Constraints:

There are not restrictions or legal prerequisites for accessing this data.

Data Use Constraints:

NOAA NMFS does not approve, recommend, or endorse any proprietary product or proprietary material mentioned in this publication. No reference shall be made to NMFS, or to this publication furnished by NMFS, in any advertising or sales promotion which would indicate or imply that NMFS approves, recommends, or endorses any proprietary product or proprietary material mentioned herein or which has as its purpose any intent to cause directly or indirectly the advertised product to be used or purchased because of this NMFS publication. NMFS is not responsible for any uses of these data sets beyond those for which they were intended, and NMFS makes no claims regarding the accuracy of any data provided by agencies or individuals outside NMFS. Acknowlegement of NOAA NMFS and SEAMAP would be appreciated in products derived or publications generated from this data.

Data Quality

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Datasheets were checked in the field after sampling and data were checked after entry into the database. The principal investigators review the data for content to ensure the relevance/accuracy of data collected.

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: Yes
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: 0
Do these Data Comply with the Data Access Directive?: Yes
Is Access to the Data Limited Based on an Approved Waiver?: Yes
If Distributor (Data Hosting Service) is Needed, Please Indicate: Yes
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: 30 Days
Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: NCEI-MS
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: 365 Days
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

Data resides on Networked Attached Storage (NAS) environment. Security patches/updates are immediately applied to the host environment. Data is striped/mirrored using RAID 50 technology to protect data from disk failure. Nightly backups are preformed and files are written to magnetic tape and stored in an onsite / offsite location.

Lineage

Lineage Statement:

Field data are recorded onto datasheets. Datasheets were checked in the field after sampling and data were checked after entry into the database. The principal investigators review the data for content to ensure the relevance/accuracy of data collected.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 29496
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:29496
Metadata Record Created By: Charles J Weber
Metadata Record Created: 2015-12-04 16:56+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2021-10-27 19:37+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-10-27
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year