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Title: chem_log.csv
Short Name: Chem Logs 2005-2015
Abstract:

The NOAA Galveston Laboratory has been raising sea turtles in captivity since 1977. Most notable is the Kemp's ridley headstart program [1978-1992] which captive reared up to 2,000 Kemp's ridley hatchlings per year until they were large enough to receive up to 4 tags, then they were released into the wild in the Gulf of Mexico. From 1978-1989, Kemp's ridley eggs were taken from the nesting beach at Rancho Nuevo, Tamaulipas, Mexico and artificially incubated at Padre Island National Seashore [PINS] near Corpus Christi, TX. When the hatchlings emerged, they were allowed to imprint on the beach at PINS and briefly swim in the Gulf of Mexico before they were netted and transported to the NOAA Galveston Laboratory for headstarting. Kemp's ridleys were tagged starting with the living tag at 7-9 months of age, then flipper tagged, coded wire tag, and passive integrated transponder tag [PIT starting in the late 1980s] just prior to release. Kemp's yearlings from 1978-1992 were primarily released offshore of Padre Island in the Gulf of Mexico. Starting in 1990, Kemp's ridleys hatchlings [2,000 per year] that were imprinted at Rancho Nuevo, Mexico, were brought directly to NOAA Galveston for headstarting. These yearling Kemp's ridleys were released offshore of Galveston, Texas. From 1993-2000, 180-200 Kemp's ridly hatchlings were gifted to NOAA Galveston from the government of Mexico and these hatchlings were captive reared in the same manner as headstarted turtles, but were released offshore of Galveston, Texas. Post-headstart Kemp's ridleys were used for testing and evaluating Turtle Excluder Devices [TEDs] and for physiology and tag development experiments. In 2013, 100 Kemp's ridley hatchlings were collected from 3 nests on South Padre Island, Texas, and they were captive reared for a year and used for testing TEDs for skimmer trawls. The 2013 year class Kemp's ridleys were released offshore of South Padre Island in 2014. In preparation for Kemp's ridleys starting in 1978, the NOAA Galveston Laboratory received 2,000 loggerhead hatchlings in 1977 to test sea turtle rearing facilities which were modified shrimp rearing tanks. During the Kemp's ridley headstart program, Florida loggerheads were raised alongside the Kemp's ridleys. The captive rearing of loggerheads was not part of the headstart program. Loggerheads were used as both yearling and 2 year olds for developing and certifying TEDs. From 2001-2016 [except 2013], the NOAA Galveston Laboratory raised only Florida loggerheads sourced as hatchlings from beaches in Clearwater, Sarasota, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Juno Beach, and Melbourne Beach, Florida. The loggerhead captive rearing program was a joint project with the State of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection [FDEP] and then the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission [FWC]. Loggerhead hatchlings were collected post emergence in cages, or excavated just prior to emergence depending on the location of collection. In 1996, a wild loggerhead sea turtle nested on the Bolivar Peninsula, Texas and the eggs were sent to PINS for incubation. Thirty of the 1996 Texas loggerhead hatchlings from the Bolivar clutch were collected at PINS and transported to NOAA Galveston for captive rearing and use in tag development and TED testing research. Loggerheads were used for a variety of physiology, pharmacokinetic, sensory and behavioral experiments as well as tag development, hook and bait research related to the pelagic longline fishery. Loggerheads were captive reared for up to 4 years depending on the research need. During captive rearing, sea turtles are regularly weighed and measured, usually on a 4 week interval. Morphometric measurements such as carapace length, carapace width, body depth and weight are taken to track growth and health. Measurements may be taken on all sea turtles within a year class or a smaller sub-set and the average used for the entire year class. Morphometric measurements may be taken more frequently than every 4 weeks if a critical need arises for a specific sized sea turtle for research project. When tags are applied, the codes and locations of those tags are recorded in the database corresponding to the year class of the sea turtles. Sometimes multiple tags of the same kind were applied as part of tag research programs. When research is completed, the turtles are released back into the wild in a location that best matches the natural location where a sea turtle of that size might be found. Florida loggerheads were typically released back in Florida waters or Federal waters offshore of the State of Florida. Body weight is used to calculate food rations and sea turtles are raised to whatever size is required for fisheries research. A two-year-old loggerhead raised at the NOAA Galveston Laboratory is the scientific standard for testing and certifying TEDs. The two-year-old loggerhead is used as a surrogate for a 2-3-year-old Kemp's ridley, which is the smallest size sea turtle encountered in the Gulf of Mexico [GOM] shrimp fishery in the and Southeast Atlantic in the USA. The NOAA Galveston Laboratory is the only place in the world where sea turtles are raised in captivity specifically for fisheries research. Records on the feeding rates of each species, of each yearclass are maintained daily as are data on water quality, animal husbandry cleaning schedules, number of people visiting the facility, and general maintenance.

Purpose:

Monitor growth of captive reares sea turtles

Supplemental Information:

These files currently exist as a single combined file on the SEFSC PARR data Server and as annual files in the NCEI archive.

The links to each individual file in the archive are provided in the Distribution Tab.

There are some cases where there are duplicate records where the annual file for one year may contain a few records for the next year.

These duplicates have been eliminated in the single file on the PARR data server.

Physical Location

Organization: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland
City: Silver Spring
State/Province: MD
Location Description:

Files live in accession 0156869 of NCEI archive. Currently found in directory

https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/archive/arc0099/0156869/1.1/data/0-data/26906/CSV/

Entity Information

Entity Type: Spreadsheet
Description:

The database contains daily records of water chemistry for the turtle pins.

Data Attributes

Attribute Summary

Rubric Score Primary Key? Name Type Description
100
DATE CHARACTER Date of recorded measurement. Day/Month/Year
100
RACEWAY CHARACTER Seawater tank from which the water sample was taken
100
TEMP NUMERIC Temperature in degrees Celcuis
100
SALINITY NUMERIC Measurement of salt content in seawater in parts per thousand
100
PH NUMERIC Measurement of the power of the hydrogen ion. An indicator as to whether the seawater sample is acidic or basic.
100
AMMONIA NH4 NUMERIC Measurement of ammonia in seawater sample in milligrams per liter
100
NITRATE NO3 NUMERIC Measurement of nitrate in seawater sample in milligrams per liter
100
NITRITE NO2 NUMERIC Measurement of nitrite in seawater sample in milligrams per liter
100
COMMENTS CHARACTER Notes on anything out of the ordinary

Attribute Details

DATE

CC ID: 352861
Seq. Order: 1
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 10
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Date of recorded measurement. Day/Month/Year

RACEWAY

CC ID: 352862
Seq. Order: 2
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 6
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Seawater tank from which the water sample was taken

TEMP

CC ID: 352863
Seq. Order: 3
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 4
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Temperature in degrees Celcuis

SALINITY

CC ID: 352864
Seq. Order: 4
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 2
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Measurement of salt content in seawater in parts per thousand

PH

CC ID: 352865
Seq. Order: 5
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 5
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Measurement of the power of the hydrogen ion. An indicator as to whether the seawater sample is acidic or basic.

AMMONIA NH4

CC ID: 352866
Seq. Order: 6
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 5
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Measurement of ammonia in seawater sample in milligrams per liter

NITRATE NO3

CC ID: 352867
Seq. Order: 7
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 5
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Measurement of nitrate in seawater sample in milligrams per liter

NITRITE NO2

CC ID: 352868
Seq. Order: 8
Data Storage Type: NUMERIC
Max Length: 5
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Measurement of nitrite in seawater sample in milligrams per liter

COMMENTS

CC ID: 352869
Seq. Order: 9
Data Storage Type: CHARACTER
Max Length: 300
Required: No
Primary Key: No
Status: Active
Description:

Notes on anything out of the ordinary

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 767233
Date Effective From: 1995
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Higgins, Benjamin
Address: 4700 Avenue U
Galveston, TX 77551
Email Address: ben.higgins@noaa.gov
Phone: 409-766-3670
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

Distributor

CC ID: 767234
Date Effective From: 2016
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

Distributor

CC ID: 767235
Date Effective From: 1995
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
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 767236
Date Effective From: 1995
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Higgins, Benjamin
Address: 4700 Avenue U
Galveston, TX 77551
Email Address: ben.higgins@noaa.gov
Phone: 409-766-3670
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

Point of Contact

CC ID: 767237
Date Effective From: 2006
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Baumer, Tim J
Address: 4700 Avenue U
Galveston, TX 77551
Email Address: tim.baumer@noaa.gov
Phone: 409-766-3784
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 767238
Start Date: 2018-08-08
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/archive/arc0099/0156869/2.2/data/0-data/26906/CSV/CHEM2005_corrected.csv
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: CHEM2005_corrected.csv
Description:

Corrected 2005 Annual file

File Date/Time: 2018-08-08 00:00:00
File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
Compression: no compression applied
Review Status: Chked Inapp Content

Distribution 2

CC ID: 767242
Start Date: 2018-08-08
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/archive/arc0099/0156869/2.2/data/0-data/26906/CSV/CHEM2009_corrected.csv
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: CHEM2009_corrected.csv
Description:

corrected 2009 annual File

File Date/Time: 2018-08-08 00:00:00
File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
Compression: no compression applied
Review Status: Chked Viruses Inapp Content

Distribution 3

CC ID: 767245
Start Date: 2018-08-08
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/archive/arc0099/0156869/2.2/data/0-data/26906/CSV/CHEM2012_corrected.csv
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: CHEM2012_corrected.csv
Description:

Corrected 2012 Annual File

File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
Compression: no compression applied
Review Status: Chked Viruses Inapp Content

Distribution 4

CC ID: 767246
Start Date: 2018-08-08
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/archive/arc0099/0156869/2.2/data/0-data/26906/CSV/CHEM2013_corrected.csv
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: CHEM2013_corrected.csv
Description:

Corrected 2013 Annual File

File Date/Time: 2018-08-08 00:00:00
File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
Compression: Uncompressed
Review Status: Chked Viruses Inapp Content

Distribution 5

CC ID: 767247
Start Date: 2018-08-08
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/archive/arc0099/0156869/2.2/data/0-data/26906/CSV/CHEM2014_corrected.csv
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: CHEM2014_corrected.csv
Description:

corrected 2014 Annual File

File Date/Time: 2018-08-08 00:00:00
File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
Compression: no compression applied
Review Status: Chked Viruses Inapp Content

Distribution 6

CC ID: 767239
Start Date: 2016
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/archive/arc0099/0156869/2.2/data/0-data/26906/CSV/CHEM2006.csv
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: CHEM2006.csv
Description:

2006 annual file

File Date/Time: 2016-10-17 00:00:00
File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
Compression: no compression applied
Review Status: Chked Viruses Inapp Content

Distribution 7

CC ID: 767240
Start Date: 2016
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/archive/arc0099/0156869/2.2/data/0-data/26906/CSV/CHEM2007.csv
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: CHEM2007.csv
Description:

2007 annual file

File Date/Time: 2016-10-17 00:00:00
File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
Compression: no compression applied
Review Status: Chked Viruses Inapp Content

Distribution 8

CC ID: 767241
Start Date: 2016
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/archive/arc0099/0156869/2.2/data/0-data/26906/CSV/CHEM2008.csv
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: CHEM2008.csv
Description:

2008 annual file

File Date/Time: 2016-10-17 00:00:00
File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
Compression: no compression applied
Review Status: Chked Viruses Inapp Content

Distribution 9

CC ID: 767243
Start Date: 2016
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/archive/arc0099/0156869/2.2/data/0-data/26906/CSV/CHEM2010.csv
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: CHEM2010.csv
Description:

2010 annual File

File Date/Time: 2016-10-17 00:00:00
File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
Compression: no compression applied
Review Status: Chked Viruses Inapp Content

Distribution 10

CC ID: 767244
Start Date: 2016
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/archive/arc0099/0156869/2.2/data/0-data/26906/CSV/CHEM2011.csv
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: CHEM2011.csv
Description:

2011 Annual File

File Date/Time: 2016-10-17 00:00:00
File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
Compression: no compression applied
Review Status: Chked Viruses Inapp Content

Distribution 11

CC ID: 767248
Start Date: 2016
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://www.nodc.noaa.gov/archive/arc0099/0156869/2.2/data/0-data/26906/CSV/CHEM2015.csv
Distributor: National Centers for Environmental Information - Silver Spring, Maryland (NCEI-MD) (2016 - Present)
File Name: CHEM2015.csv
Description:

2015 Annual File

File Date/Time: 2016-10-17 00:00:00
File Type: csv (comma-separated values)
Compression: no compression applied
Review Status: Chked Viruses Inapp Content

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 35114
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:35114
Metadata Record Created By: David Huddleston
Metadata Record Created: 2016-10-05 16:40+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2021-04-29 12:26+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-04-29
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-04-30