Short Citation:
Office for Coastal Management, 2021: Coastal Critical Habitat Designations, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/52769.

Item Identification

Title: Coastal Critical Habitat Designations
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2017-04-12
Abstract:

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires the Federal government to designate critical habitat, areas of habitat essential to the species' conservation, for ESA listed species. This dataset is a compilation of the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service designated critical habitat in coastal areas. Critical habitat is defined as: Specific areas within the geographical area occupied by the species at the time of listing that contain physical or biological features essential to conservation, which may require special management considerations or protection; and specific areas outside the geographical area occupied by the species if the agency determines that the area itself is essential for conservation. It is important to keep in mind that maps published before May 31, 2012 were only for illustrative purposes and the Federal Register text descriptions should be used for authoritative purposes. For designations published after May 31, 2012, the maps (and any clarifying textual descriptions) are the definitive source for critical habitat boundaries. See metadata for online linkages to reference full listings of proposed and final critical habitat areas.

Purpose:

To support coastal and ocean planning and other activities pursuant to the Energy Policy Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Rivers and Harbors Act and the Submerged Lands Act.

Notes:

11020

Supplemental Information:

Spatial_Reference_Information:

Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:

Geographic:

Latitude_Resolution: 0.00001

Longitude_Resolution: 0.00001

Geographic_Coordinate_Units: Decimal degrees

Geodetic_Model:

Horizontal_Datum_Name: D WGS 1984

Ellipsoid_Name: WGS 1984

Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.0

Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257223563

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Human Dimensions > Environmental Governance/Management
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
None critical habitat
None endangered
None endangered species act
None ESA
None final
None proposed
None threatened

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America
None United States

Physical Location

Organization: Office for Coastal Management
City: Charleston
State/Province: SC

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Data Presentation Form: Map (digital)
Distribution Liability:

NOAA makes no warranties or representations whatsoever regarding the availability, quality, accuracy, content, completeness or suitability for the user's needs of such information. The services, information, and data made available on the Marine Cadastre web site are provided "as is" without warranties of any kind. These data are intended for coastal and ocean use planning. Not for navigation. https://www.marinecadastre.gov/about/disclaimer.html

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 755163
Date Effective From: 2017-04-12
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Distributor

CC ID: 755165
Date Effective From: 2017-04-12
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 755166
Date Effective From: 2017-04-12
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Point of Contact

CC ID: 755164
Date Effective From: 2017-04-12
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Ave
Charleston, SC 29405-2413
Email Address: coastal.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (843) 740-1202
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov

Extents

Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 755161
W° Bound: -179.999989
E° Bound: 179.999989
N° Bound: 74.70884
S° Bound: 13.639711

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 755160
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2016-12

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:

zip download and REST map service

Data Access Constraints:

None

Data Use Constraints:

These data are intended for coastal and ocean use planning. Not for navigation. https://marinecadastre.gov/about/disclaimer.html

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 755167
Download URL: ftp://ftp.coast.noaa.gov/pub/MSP/CoastalCriticalHabitatDesignations.zip
Distributor: NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM) (2017-04-12 - Present)
File Name: Coastal Critical Habitat Designations
Description:

zip download

File Type: Arc Geodatabase

Distribution 2

CC ID: 755168
Download URL: https://coast.noaa.gov/arcgis/rest/services/OceanReportingTool/CoastalCriticalHabitatDesignations/MapServer
Distributor: NOAA Office for Coastal Management (NOAA/OCM) (2017-04-12 - Present)
File Name: Coastal Critical Habitat Designations
Description:

Esri REST Map Service

File Type: REST Service

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 755169
URL: https://marinecadastre.gov/oceanreports
Name: Ocean Reporting Tool
URL Type:
Online Resource

URL 2

CC ID: 755170
URL: https://www.coast.noaa.gov/
URL Type:
Online Resource

URL 3

CC ID: 755171
URL: http://ecos.fws.gov/ecp/report/table/critical-habitat.html
URL Type:
Online Resource

URL 4

CC ID: 755172
URL: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/criticalhabitat.htm
URL Type:
Online Resource

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 755174
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-20
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 755173
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-14
Description:

Converted from FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (version FGDC-STD-001-1998) using 'fgdc_to_inport_xml.pl' script. Contact Tyler Christensen (NOS) for details.

Activity Log 3

CC ID: 755175
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08
Description:

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Data Quality

Accuracy:

The attributes in this dataset are believed to be accurate.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Maximum scale of intended use is 1:80,000.

Completeness Report:

Spatial and attribute properties are believed to be complete, although attribute information has been simplified. Geometric thresholds from original data are preserved. No tests have been completed for exhaustiveness.

Conceptual Consistency:

These data are believed to be logically consistent. Geometry is topologically clean.

Lineage

Sources

CriticalHabitat

CC ID: 755179
Contact Name: National Marine Fisheries Service
Publish Date: 2016-12-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016-12
Citation URL: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/criticalhabitat.htm
Source Contribution:

Feature classes were obtained from NMFS, cleaned up, and condensed by NOAA OCM. | Type of Source Media: online

CriticalHabitat

CC ID: 755178
Contact Name: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Publish Date: 2016-12-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2016-12
Citation URL: http://ecos.fws.gov/ecp/report/table/critical-habitat.html
Source Contribution:

Feature classes were obtained from USFWS, cleaned up, and condensed by NOAA OCM. | Type of Source Media: online

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 755180
Description:

+ Go to http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/criticalhabitat.htm and download all zip files referenced on the page

+ Convert shapefiles and kml files to feature classes and project into NAD83 into a file gdb

+ Group feature classes based on location and work on each area at a time

+ For each area, merge features into a single feature class and organize attributes to retain all information found in section 7 of this document and delete any superfluous attributes

+ Explode all features

+ Shorelines were then adjusted to fix miss-aligning features to the others in the same area

+ Merge these resulting feature classes into a single feature class and note in the attributes the authority as NMFS

+ For hawksbill turtle, green turtle, gulf sturgeon, leatherback turtle, and smalltooth sawfish, data will need to be converted from line to polygon, then added into the main feature class

+ Go to http://ecos.fws.gov/ecp/report/table/critical-habitat.html and download the two zip files at the top of the page

+ From the individual species zip, add all polygon shapefiles to a new map

+ Remove any shapefiles that are not in a coastal area, all shapefiles that are duplicated by the NMFS data, and all shapefiles located in Hawaii

+ For all that remain, export and project into NAD83 in a file gdb

+ Group feature classes based on location and work on each area at a time

+ For each area, merge features into a single feature class and organize attributes to retain all information found in section 7 of this document and delete any superfluous attributes

+ Explode all features

+ Merge these resulting feature classes into a single feature class and note in the attributes the authority as USFWS

+ For Hawaii, add the CRITHAB_POLY.shp to a map and select all features in the Hawaii and NWHI areas (except Hawaiian Monk Seal) and export into a file gdb and project into NAD83

+ Merge features into a single feature class and organize attributes to retain all information found in section 7 of this document and delete any superfluous attributes

+ Explode all features and note in the attributes the authority as USFWS

+ For species in Hawaii, common names were updated for species where the common name was repeated over many species, or for those with "No Common Name"

+ Merge NMFS, USFWS, and Hawaii feature classes into a single feature class and explode all features

+ Fill out missing attribute information from USFWS and NMFS species websites

+ Delete all superfluous fields

+ Check geometry and project data into WGS 1984 Auxiliary Sphere

+ Double check status of species listed as "proposed" using https://ecos.fws.gov/ecp/

+ Export and delete confirmed species that area "proposed"

Process Date/Time: 2017-03-01 00:00:00

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity (ENT) Coastal Critical Habitat Designations

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 52769
Metadata Record Created By: Anna Verrill
Metadata Record Created: 2018-05-31 11:55+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Jesse Brass
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-09-28 12:17+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-10-26
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2019-10-27