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NMFS Office Of Protected Resources, 2022: Proposed Right Whale Seasonal Speed Zones, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/29544.

Item Identification

Title: Proposed Right Whale Seasonal Speed Zones
Abstract:

This dataset represents proposed modifications to mandatory speed restriction areas (50 CFR Part 224.105) established to reduce the threat of vessel collisions with endangered North Atlantic right whales. Since the implementation of speed restrictions in 2008, the distribution of right whales has shifted, resulting in a misalignment between areas of high vessel strike risk and the spatial and temporal bounds of the mandatory speed restriction areas. To maximize the reduction of vessel strike risk, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) have proposed modifications to the existing speed restriction areas using a coast-wide vessel strike mortality risk model, North Atlantic right whale visual sighting and acoustic detection data, recent vessel traffic Automatic Identification System (AIS) data, and information on other relevant planned ocean activities, including offshore wind development. While the offshore boundaries of the proposed speed restriction areas are fixed, the majority of the coastal boundary is represented by shoreline data. Because shorelines are highly dynamic, the dataset used to represent the shoreline, while contemporary, will likely become quickly outdated in a number of locations. In addition, GIS projection and topology functions can often change or generalize coordinates. For these reasons, the spatial features contained in this dataset are considered to be approximate representations and are NOT an OFFICIAL record for the exact regulated area boundaries.

Purpose:

This dataset was created to depict proposed modifications to mandatory speed restriction areas (50 CFR Part 224.105). For information on the proper use of the dataset refer to the Use Constraints metadata section.

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category
biota
ISO 19115 Topic Category
boundaries
ISO 19115 Topic Category
oceans
UNCONTROLLED
None Biology
None Compliance
None Conservation
None Human
None Management
None Mandatory
None Marine
None Regulatory

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None Atlantic Ocean
None New England
None Southeast
None United States

Physical Location

City: Silver Spring
State/Province: MD

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Data Presentation Form: Map (digital)
Data Set Credit: Office of Protected Resources (OPR), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC)

Support Roles

Collaborator

CC ID: 1180517
Date Effective From: 2022-08-09
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Good, Caroline
Address: 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Email Address: caroline.good@noaa.gov
Phone: 301-427-8445

Data Steward

CC ID: 1180520
Date Effective From: 2022-08-09
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Adams, Jeff D
Address: 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
USA
Email Address: jeff.adams@noaa.gov
Phone: 301-427-8434

Distributor

CC ID: 1180518
Date Effective From: 2022-08-09
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NMFS Office Of Protected Resources (OPR)
Address: 1315 East-West Highway, 13th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-713-2332
URL: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/

Point of Contact

CC ID: 1180519
Date Effective From: 2022-08-09
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Good, Caroline
Address: 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Email Address: caroline.good@noaa.gov
Phone: 301-427-8445

Extents

Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 1180532
W° Bound: -81.459076
E° Bound: -68.516667
N° Bound: 42.639888
S° Bound: 28

Spatial Information

Reference Systems

Reference System 1

CC ID: 1180529

Coordinate Reference System

CRS Type: Geographic 2D
EPSG Code: EPSG:4326
EPSG Name: WGS 84
See Full Coordinate Reference System Information

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Use Constraints:

The user assumes the entire risk related to use of these data. NMFS is providing these data "as is," and NMFS disclaims any and all warranties, whether express or implied, including (without limitation) any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. No warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the accuracy or utility of the data on any other system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. It is strongly recommended that careful attention be paid to the contents of the metadata file associated with these data to evaluate dataset limitations, restrictions or intended use. In no event will NMFS be liable to you or to any third party for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, special or exemplary damages, or lost profit resulting from any use or misuse of this data.

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 1180620
URL: https://services2.arcgis.com/C8EMgrsFcRFL6LrL/arcgis/rest/services/Proposed_Right_Whale_Seasonal_Speed_Zones/FeatureServer/0
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: Feature Layer
Description:

Data Access URL

Technical Environment

Description:

Microsoft Windows 10 Version 10.0 (Build 19043) ; Esri ArcGIS 12.7.0.26828

Data Quality

Conceptual Consistency:

not measured1

Lineage

Sources

COLREGS Demarcation Lines

CC ID: 1180522
Source Contribution:

U.S. collision regulation boundaries used to create coastal boundaries of proposed seasonal speed restriction zones.

NOAA NGS Continually Updated Shoreline Product (CUSP)

CC ID: 1180521
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: National Geodetic Survey
Source Contribution:

High-resolution shoreline data used to create coastal boundaries of proposed seasonal speed restriction zones.

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 1180523
Description:

North Atlantic right whale visual sighting and acoustic detection data, recent vessel traffic Automatic Identification System (AIS) data, and information on other relevant planned ocean activities, including offshore wind development were used to identify offshore and coastal control points to define the offshore boundary and coastal divisions for proposed speed restriction areas.

Process Date/Time: 2022-07-29 00:00:00
Process Contact: Good, Caroline
Phone (Voice): 301-427-8445
Email Address: caroline.good@noaa.gov

Process Step 2

CC ID: 1180524
Description:

COLREGS Demarcation Lines and NOAA NGS Continually Updated Shoreline Product (CUSP) line features were merged into a single dataset.

Process Date/Time: 2022-08-10 00:00:00
Process Contact: Adams, Jeff D
Phone (Voice): 301-427-8434
Email Address: jeff.adams@noaa.gov

Process Step 3

CC ID: 1180525
Description:

Linear features in the merged COLREGS Demarcation Lines and NOAA NGS Continually Updated Shoreline Product (CUSP) feature class were edited to remove out-of-habitat features (e.g. inland waters, barrier islands, etc.) or features that were determined to introduce an unnecessary degree of complexity to the boundaries (e.g. seawalls, jetties, groins, offshore breakwaters, etc.). Hand digitized features guided by ESRI’s World Imagery Basemap were added to connect shoreline features to COLREGS features where the speed zone boundaries transitioned between shoreline and COLREGS linear features and to bridge gaps where shoreline data was unavailable or where breaks in shoreline features occurred due to the removal of out-of-habitat waters. The linear features in this dataset were merged to create a single, contiguous coastal boundary for the regulated portion of the U.S. Atlantic seaboard.

Process Date/Time: 2022-08-10 00:00:00
Process Contact: Adams, Jeff D
Phone (Voice): 301-427-8434
Email Address: jeff.adams@noaa.gov

Process Step 4

CC ID: 1180526
Description:

Coordinate values belonging to the offshore and coastal control points to define the offshore boundary and coastal divisions for proposed speed restriction areas were converted from degrees-minutes-seconds to decimal degrees and used to create a line feature class delineating the offshore boundaries and divisions between the proposed speed restriction areas.

Process Date/Time: 2022-08-11 00:00:00
Process Contact: Adams, Jeff D
Phone (Voice): 301-427-8434
Email Address: jeff.adams@noaa.gov

Process Step 5

CC ID: 1180527
Description:

Polygons were created using the linear feature class representing the offshore boundaries and proposed area divisions and the feature class containing the contiguous coastal boundary for the regulated portion of the U.S. Atlantic seaboard.

Process Date/Time: 2022-08-12 00:00:00
Process Contact: Adams, Jeff D
Phone (Voice): 301-427-8434
Email Address: jeff.adams@noaa.gov

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity Proposed Right Whale Seasonal Speed Zone Polygons

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 29544
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:29544
Metadata Record Created By: Angela Collins-Payne
Metadata Record Created: 2015-12-04 17:58+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Jeff D Adams
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-15 15:32+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2022-08-15
Owner Org: OPR
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2022-08-12
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2023-08-12