Short Citation:
Office for Coastal Management, 2020: Coastal Critical Habitat Designations, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/54209.

Item Identification

Title: Coastal Critical Habitat Designations
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2018-10-31
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 of the United States. Critical habitat is defined as: (1) 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 (2) specific areas outside the geographical area occupied by the species if the agency determines that the area itself is essential for conservation. 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.

Supplemental Information:

The native coordinate system for this layer is NAD 1983 (ESPG: 4269). Please note: all MarineCadastre.gov data served by the NOAA Office for Coastal Management and hosted through Esri REST services are in the WGS 1984 Web Mercator Auxiliary Sphere (EPSG: 3857) projection.

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords Earth Science > Human Dimensions > Environmental Governance/Management
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
None Critical Habitat
None Endangered
None Endangered Species Act, 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
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords Continent > North America > United States Of America
None Atlantic
None Coastal Waters
None Gulf of Mexico
None National
None Pacific
None United States, USA

Physical Location

City: North 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

Data Set Credit: CREDIT: NOAA ORIGINATORS: Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office for Coastal Management (OCM);

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 788180
Date Effective From: 2018-06
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: 788182
Date Effective From: 2018-06
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: 788181
Date Effective From: 2018-06
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: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 788185
W° Bound: -180
E° Bound: 180
N° Bound: 70.333363
S° Bound: 13.639711

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 788184
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2018-08-01
Description:

ground condition

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Use Constraints:

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

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 788308
Download URL: ftp://ftp.coast.noaa.gov/pub/MSP/CoastalCriticalHabitatDesignations.zip
Distributor:
Compression: Zip

Distribution 2

CC ID: 788309
Download URL: https://coast.noaa.gov/arcgis/rest/services/MarineCadastre/PhysicalOceanographicAndMarineHabitat/MapServer/10
Distributor:
File Type: REST Service

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 788176
URL: https://marinecadastre.gov/data
Name: MarineCadastre.gov Data Registry
URL Type:
Online Resource
Description:

More information and online data visualization.

URL 2

CC ID: 788177
URL: https://marinecadastre.gov/nationalviewer
Name: MarineCadastre.gov National Viewer
URL Type:
Online Resource
Description:

More information and online data visualization.

URL 3

CC ID: 788178
URL: https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/data
Name: Digital Coast Data section
URL Type:
Online Resource
Description:

More information and online data visualization.

Technical Environment

Description:

Microsoft Windows 7 Version 6.1 (Build 7601) Service Pack 1; Esri ArcGIS 10.4.1.5713

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: 788169
Contact Name: National Marine Fisheries Service
Citation URL: http://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resources/data-and-maps?title=critical+habitat
Citation URL Name: Source Online Linkage
Citation URL Description:

URL where the source data were originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

Feature classes were obtained from USFWS, cleaned up, and condensed by NOAA OCM.

CriticalHabitat

CC ID: 788168
Contact Name: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2018-07-09
Citation URL: https://ecos.fws.gov/docs/crithab/crithab_all/crithab_all_layers.zip
Citation URL Name: Source Online Linkage
Citation URL Description:

URL where the source data were originally accessed.

Source Contribution:

Feature classes were obtained from USFWS, cleaned up, and condensed by NOAA OCM.

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 788170
Description:

Go to http://ecos.fws.gov/ecp/report/table/critical-habitat.html and download (1) the zip file containing aggregated critical habitat shapes for all species, and (2) the zip file containing individual shapefiles and metadata for all species. Convert USFWS individual polygon shapefiles that are unique (not duplicated by the NMFS data) and that are located in coastal areas except Hawaii to single-part features, project into WGS 1984 World Mercator, and merge resulting features into a single feature class. Organize attributes to retain all information found in section 7 of this document and set the Authority attribute as USFWS.

Process Date/Time: 2018-07-26 00:00:00

Process Step 2

CC ID: 788171
Description:

Use USFWS and NMFS species websites to assign missing attribute information, where applicable. Check the USFWS ECOS website (https://ecos.fws.gov/ecp) for species listed as "proposed", and delete confirmed species.

Process Date/Time: 2018-07-26 00:00:00

Process Step 3

CC ID: 788172
Description:

For Hawaii, extract all features from the CRITHAB_POLY.shp located in the Hawaii and NWHI areas (except Hawaiian Monk Seal) and project into WGS 1984 World Mercator. Merge resulting single-part features into a single feature class and organize attributes to retain all information found in section 7 of this document and set Authority attribute to USFWS. Update species with shared common names or with "No Common Name".

Process Date/Time: 2018-07-26 00:00:00

Process Step 4

CC ID: 788173
Description:

Go to NOAA Fisheries website to view NMFS critical habitat maps and data. Download geospatial Critical Habitat data for any protected species with designated critical habitat. Convert NMFS shapefiles and KMZ files to single-part feature classes in a file geodatabase, then project into WGS 1984 World Mercator. Group feature classes based on location and work on each area at a time. For each area, merge features into a single feature class. Where necessary, convert unique line features (those that do not duplicate polygon features) by buffering by 500 feet and then merging resulting features into the working feature class. Organize attributes to retain all information found in section 7 of this document and set the Authority attribute as NMFS.

Process Date/Time: 2018-07-26 00:00:00

Process Step 5

CC ID: 788174
Description:

Merge NMFS, USFWS, and Hawaii feature classes into a single feature class, check geometry, and convert multi-part to single-part features.

Process Date/Time: 2018-07-26 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: 54209
Metadata Record Created By: Anna Verrill
Metadata Record Created: 2018-10-16 18:47+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-07-02 15:17+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2018-10-29
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2019-10-30