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Short Citation:
Office of Response and Restoration, 2022: Georgia 2015 ESI FISH Polygons, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/55538.

Item Identification

Title: Georgia 2015 ESI FISH Polygons
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2015
Abstract:

This feature class resides within the BIOLOGY Feature Data Set of the Georgia - 2015 ESI Geodatabase. It contains sensitive biological resource data for marine, estuarine, anadromous, and freshwater fish species in Georgia. Vector polygons in this data set represent fish distribution, concentration areas, and anadromous fish runs. Species specific abundance, seasonality, status, life history, and source information are stored in relational data tables (described below) designed to be used in conjunction with this spatial data layer. This data set comprises a portion of the ESI data for Georgia. ESI data characterize the marine and coastal environments and wildlife by their sensitivity to spilled oil. The ESI data include information for three main components: shoreline habitats, sensitive biological resources, and human-use resources.

Purpose:

The ESI data were collected, mapped, and digitized to provide environmental data for oil spill planning and response. The Clean Water Act with amendments by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 requires response plans for immediate and effective protection of sensitive resources.

Notes:

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Other Citation Details:

Prepared by Research Planning, Inc., Columbia, South Carolina for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service, Office of Response and Restoration, Emergency Response Division, Seattle, Washington.

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords EARTH SCIENCE > BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > FISH
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords EARTH SCIENCE > HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS > OIL SPILLS
UNCONTROLLED
ISO 19115 Topic Category biota
ISO 19115 Topic Category environment
None Coastal resources
None Coastal Zone Management
None Environmental Monitoring
None ESI
None Oil spill planning
None Sensitivity maps

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > GEORGIA

Physical Location

Organization: Office of Response and Restoration
City: Seattle
State/Province: WA
Country: USA

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: GIS Files
Maintenance Frequency: Unknown
Maintenance Note:

Data content is considered static once published. However, if issues with the Geodatabase linkages or table contents are identified, the Geodatabase and/or the associated Map Document may be updated. Assure most current data is being used by downloading from https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi_download and/or comparing modification dates provided at this site.

Data Presentation Form: Map (digital)
Entity Attribute Overview:

The primary attribute tables associated with the ESI biology data are BIOFILE, SOURCES, and BREED_DT. The geographic data layer containing biological resource information (in this case, FISH) is linked to the BIOFILE using the RARNUM field. There is a many-to-many relationship from the data layer to the BIOFILE, as an RARNUM may be repeated in several geographic features. Likewise, in the BIOFILE, the same RARNUM may appear in multiple records, representing a unique combination of species found in that region. To be represented by the same RARNUM, these species groups must also share the same seasonality, concentration, mapping qualifier, and source information.

The items in the BIOFILE are ELEMENT, SUBELEMENT, NAME, GEN_SPEC, S, F, STATE, S_DATE, F_DATE, GRANK, GRANKDATE, MAPPING_QUALIFIER, CONC, JAN, FEB, MAR, APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC, BREED1, BREED2, BREED3, BREED4, BREED5, RARNUM, G_SOURCE, S_SOURCE, and BREED. The G_SOURCE and S_SOURCE fields provide links to the SOURCES table, where object level source information is available. The BREED field is the link to the BREED_DT table, where searchable breed information is provided. The links to both of these tables are also many-to-many.

During the collection of the ESI data, six relational data tables are used to store the attribute data. These are the BIORES, BREED, SEASONAL, SOURCES, SPECIES, and STATUS tables. When we create new ESI data, we populate these tables to maintain the integrity of the data collected. Once completed, all information populating these tables is collapsed into the BIOFILE to ease data queries and general usability of the final product.

Entity Attribute Detail Citation:

NOAA ESI Guidelines

Distribution Liability:

Although these data have been processed and used successfully on a computer system at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by NOAA regarding the utility of the data on any other system, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. NOAA warrants the delivery of this product in computer-readable format, and will offer a replacement copy of the product when the product is determined unreadable by computer input peripherals, or when the physical medium is delivered in damaged condition.

Data Set Credit: This project was supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS), Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R), Emergency Response Division (ERD), Seattle, Washington.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 822256
Date Effective From: 2015-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Distributor

CC ID: 822258
Date Effective From: 2015-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Office of Response and Restoration (ORR)
Address: 1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
URL: http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 822259
Date Effective From: 2015-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Point of Contact

CC ID: 822257
Date Effective From: 2015-06
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): ESI Program Manager
Address: 7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Extents

Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 822972
W° Bound: -81.8341
E° Bound: -80.62
N° Bound: 32.3516
S° Bound: 30.66
Description

This reflects the extent of all land and water features included in the overall Georgia ESI study region. The bounding box for this particular feature class may vary depending on occurrences identified and mapped.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 822973
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2014
End: 2015
Description:

Time Frame Range starts with ESI Project Start Year, and ends with ESI Atlas Publication Year.

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes
Text / Table: Yes

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 822269
Topology Level: Geometry Only
Complex Object Present?: Yes
Complex Object Count: 302

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Procedure:

Data can be accessed by downloading the zipped ArcGIS geodatabase from the Download URL (see Distribution Information). Questions can be directed to the ESI Program Manager (Point Of Contact).

Data Access Constraints:

None

Data Use Constraints:

DO NOT USE MAPS FOR NAVIGATIONAL PURPOSES. Management boundaries are not to be considered legal boundaries. Edges may have been altered for cartographic processes. Note that the ESI database should not be used to the exclusion of other pertinent data or information held by state or federal agencies or other organizations. Likewise, information contained in the database cannot be used in place of consultations with environmental, natural resource, and cultural resource agencies, or in place of field surveys. Recognize that the information contained in the ESI database represents known concentration areas or occurrences of natural, cultural, and human-use resources, but does not necessarily represent the full distribution or range of each species or resource. This is particularly important to recognize when considering potential impacts to protected resources, such as endangered species, wetlands, etc. Besides the above warnings, there are no use constraints on these data. Acknowledgment of the originators, publishers, contributors, and sources listed would be appreciated in products derived from these data.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 822983
Start Date: 2015
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi_download
Distributor: Office of Response and Restoration (ORR) (2015-06 - Present)
File Name: Georgia_2015_GDB.zip
Description:

This feature class is part of the downloadable Esri Arc Geodatabase.

File Date/Time: 2016-09-12 00:00:00
File Type: Arc Geodatabase
File Size: 129 MB
Compression: Zip

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 822260
URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi
Name: ESI Overview
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: html
Description:

Overview of ESI data content and uses.

URL 2

CC ID: 822985
URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/esi_guidelines
Name: ESI Guidelines
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: pdf
Description:

Guidelines for developing ESI data content and overview of ESI data structure. Useful for data collectors and users requiring more in depth information on the ESI process.

URL 3

CC ID: 822986
URL: https://response.restoration.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/ESI-Browse-Graphic.pdf
Name: ESI Browse Graphic
URL Type:
Browse Graphic
File Resource Format: pdf
Description:

ESI Browse Graphic depicts the relationships between the spatial data layers and the attribute data tables for the Georgia ESI data.

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 822262
Activity Date/Time: 2015-06
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 822261
Activity Date/Time: 2017-04-05
Description:

Converted from Content Standards 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: 822263
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-13
Description:

Partial upload of Spatial Info section only.

Activity Log 4

CC ID: 822264
Activity Date/Time: 2017-11-01
Description:

Replaced entire Lineage section to populate new Source Contribution field.

Activity Log 5

CC ID: 822265
Activity Date/Time: 2018-02-08
Description:

Partial upload of Positional Accuracy fields only.

Technical Environment

Description:

The software packages used to develop the atlas are Environmental Systems Research Institute's ArcGIS for Desktop 10.2(R) and SQL SERVER(R) (version 2005). The hardware configuration is PC's with Windows Operating System 7.

Data Quality

Accuracy:

A multi-stage error checking process is used to verify both attribute accuracy and logical consistency throughout data production. The process includes a standardized data entry methodology, data review by in-house and external resource experts, a final Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) process, and multiple automated logical consistency checks. Quantitative data (such as densities, counts, abundances, or concentrations) provided by resource experts for inclusion in the data set may vary widely in attribute accuracy, depending upon the methodology used to collect and compile such data. For a more detailed evaluation of source data attribute accuracy, contact the sources listed in the Lineage section.

Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Spatial components for the biological data layers can come from expert interviews, hardcopy, or digital sources. Some of the spatial components of the biological data layers may have been developed using regional experts who estimate concentration areas. It is difficult to estimate the positional accuracy of such data, except to state that they are compiled on hardcopy base maps with a scale of 1:24,000. Some of the spatial components of the biological data sets are developed from pre-existing digital or hardcopy sources and reflect the positional accuracy of these original data. Note that biological resource data by their very nature are considered "fuzzy", and this should be understood when considering the positional accuracy of vector digital objects representing these resources. See the Lineage and Process_Description sections for more information on the original source data and how these data were integrated or manipulated to create the final data set.

Completeness Report:

These data represent a synthesis of expert knowledge, digital data, survey data, scientific articles, and state and federal agency reports on fish distribution, concentration areas, and anadromous fish runs. These data do not necessarily represent all fish occurrences in Georgia. The following species are included in this data set: (Species_ID, Common Name, Scientific Name [n/a if not applicable]): 65, Bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix; 81, Spiny dogfish, Squalus acanthias; 86, Blueback herring, Alosa aestivalis; 87, American shad, Alosa sapidissima; 98, American eel, Anguilla rostrata; 101, Shortnose sturgeon, Acipenser brevirostrum; 102, Atlantic sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus; 104, Striped bass, Morone saxatilis; 107, Spotted seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus; 109, Red drum, Sciaenops ocellatus; 110, Black sea bass, Centropristis striata; 111, Southern flounder, Paralichthys lethostigma; 112, Gulf flounder, Paralichthys albigutta; 114, Florida pompano, Trachinotus carolinus; 115, Atlantic menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus; 116, Striped mullet, Mugil cephalus; 121, Spot, Leiostomus xanthurus; 122, Black drum, Pogonias cromis; 123, Atlantic croaker, Micropogonias undulatus; 124, Southern kingfish, Menticirrhus americanus; 126, King mackerel, Scomberomorus cavalla; 127, Spanish mackerel, Scomberomorus maculatus; 128, Blue runner, Caranx crysos; 131, Great barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda; 134, Cobia, Rachycentron canadum; 137, Sheepshead, Archosargus probatocephalus; 138, Weakfish, Cynoscion regalis; 140, Ladyfish, Elops saurus; 179, Largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides; 273, Star drum, Stellifer lanceolatus; 288, Atlantic tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis; 302, Gag, Mycteroperca microlepis; 305, Red snapper, Lutjanus campechanus; 310, Atlantic spadefish, Chaetodipterus faber; 315, Blacktip shark, Carcharhinus limbatus; 316, Spinner shark, Carcharhinus brevipinna; 317, Bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas; 318, Atlantic sharpnose shark, Rhizoprionodon terraenovae; 326, Bonnethead, Sphyrna tiburo; 332, Tiger shark, Galeocerdo cuvier; 334, Finetooth shark, Carcharhinus isodon; 343, Yellow jack, Caranx bartholomaei; 344, Bar jack, Caranx ruber; 346, Mackerel scad, Decapterus macarellus; 348, Spottail pinfish, Diplodus holbrooki; 349, Cubbyu, Equetus umbrosus; 350, Tomtate, Haemulon aurolineatum; 354, Scamp, Mycteroperca phenax; 355, Red porgy, Pagrus pagrus; 360, Sand perch, Diplectrum formosum; 438, Scalloped hammerhead, Sphyrna lewini; 495, Gray triggerfish, Balistes capriscus; 703, Jack, Caranx spp.; 761, Porgies, Stenotomus spp.; 886, Great hammerhead, Sphyrna mokarran; 967, Sandbar shark, Carcharhinus plumbeus; 995, Giant manta, Manta birostris; 1087, White shark, Carcharodon carcharias; 1108, Smooth dogfish, Mustelus canis; 1153, Amberjacks, Seriola spp.; 1160, Blacknose shark, Carcharhinus acronotus; 1217, Lemon shark, Negaprion brevirostris; 1231, Sunfish, Lepomis spp.; 1251, Robust redhorse, Moxostoma robustum; 1252, Catfish, Ictalurus spp..

Conceptual Consistency:

A multi-stage error checking process, described in the above Attribute Accuracy Report, is used to verify both attribute accuracy and logical consistency throughout data production. This process includes multiple automated logical consistency checks that test the files for missing or duplicate data, rules for proper coding, GIS topological consistencies, and SQL SERVER(R) to ArcGIS(R) consistencies. A final review is made by the GIS manager, before the final Geodatabase and metadata are created. After the data are delivered to NOAA, they are again subjected to a several consistency checks, and processed into the final delivery format.

Lineage

Sources

ANADROMOUS FISH DISTRIBUTIONS IN COASTAL SOUTH CAROLINA AND GEORGIA

CC ID: 822289
Contact Name: SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (SCDNR)
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2015
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: EXPERT KNOWLEDGE | Type of Source Media: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

ATLANTIC COAST DIADROMOUS FISH HABITAT: A REVIEW OF UTILIZATION, THREATS, RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CONSERVATION, AND RESEARCH NEEDS

CC ID: 822280
Contact Name: GREENE, K.E., J.L. ZIMMERMAN, R.W. LANEY, AND J.C. THOMAS-BLATE
Publish Date: 2009-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2009
Citation URL: http://www.asmfc.org/files/Habitat/HMS9_Diadromous_Habitat_2009.pdf
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: document | Type of Source Media: online

CHARACTERIZATION OF THE BENTHOS, MARINE DEBRIS, AND BOTTOM FISH AT GRAY\x92S REEF NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY

CC ID: 822284
Contact Name: KENDALL, M.S., L.J. BAUER, AND C.F.G. JEFFREY
Publish Date: 2007-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2007
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: document | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

COOPERATIVE ATLANTIC STATES SHARK PUPPING AND NURSERY PROGRAM DATA

CC ID: 822271
Contact Name: BELCHER, CAROLYN - GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GADNR)
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2015
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: tabular digital data | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

DISTRIBUTION AND ABUNDANCE OF FISHES AND INVERTEBRATE IN SOUTHEAST ESTUARIES

CC ID: 822285
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Person
Contact Name: NELSON, D.M. E.A. IRLANDI, L.R. SETTLE, M.E. MONACO, AND L. COSTON-CLEMENTS
Publish Date: 1991-10-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 1991
Citation URL: https://nccospublicstor.blob.core.windows.net/projects-attachments/107/ELMR_SE_report.pdf
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: document | Type of Source Media: online

DISTRIBUTION AND ABUNDANCE OF FRESHWATER, ANADROMOUS, AND MARINE FISH IN COASTAL GEORGIA

CC ID: 822279
Contact Name: GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GADNR) - COASTAL RESOURCES DIVISION
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2015
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: EXPERT KNOWLEDGE | Type of Source Media: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

ECOLOGICAL MONITORING TRAWL SURVEY

CC ID: 822276
Contact Name: GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GADNR)
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2004
Extent End Date/Time: 2013
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: spreadsheet | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

EXPERT KNOWLEDGE OF COASTAL SHARK DISTRIBUTIONS AND SEASONALITIES

CC ID: 822272
Contact Name: FRAZIER, BRIAN - SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (SCDNR)
Publish Date: 2014-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2014
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: EXPERT KNOWLEDGE | Type of Source Media: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

FISH FAUNA OF GRAY'S REEF NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY AND THE IMPLICATIONS FOR PLACE-BASED MANAGEMENT

CC ID: 822282
Contact Name: HARE, J.A., H.J. WALSH, K.E. MARANCIK, D. SCORE, G.R. SEDBERRY, R.O. PARKER JR, AND R.W. MAYS
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2015
Citation URL: http://graysreef.noaa.gov/science/publications/pdfs/i-38.pdf
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: document | Type of Source Media: online

FISHERY ECOSYSTEM PLAN OF THE SOUTH ATLANTIC REGION

CC ID: 822287
Contact Name: SOUTH ATLANTIC FISHERY MANAGEMENT COUNCIL
Publish Date: 2009-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2009
Citation URL: http://www.safmc.net/ecosystem-management/fishery-ecosystem-plan-1
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: document | Type of Source Media: online

GEORGIA AMERICAN SHAD DISTRIBUTIONS

CC ID: 822274
Contact Name: GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GADNR)
Publish Date: 2014-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2015
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: spreadsheet | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

LIFE HISTORY, DISTRIBUTION, AND SEASONALITY OF FISHES AND INVERTEBRATES OF COASTAL GEORGIA

CC ID: 822273
Contact Name: GEER, P. AND S. EMMERT - GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GADNR)
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2015
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: EXPERT KNOWLEDGE | Type of Source Media: PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

MARINE SPORTFISH POPULATION HEALTH SURVEY

CC ID: 822277
Contact Name: GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GADNR)
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2004
Extent End Date/Time: 2013
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: spreadsheet | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

RED DRUM AND COASTAL SHARKS LONGLINE SURVEY

CC ID: 822278
Contact Name: GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GADNR)
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2004
Extent End Date/Time: 2013
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: spreadsheet | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

SEASONAL AND INTER-ANNUAL CHANGES IN OFFSHORE REEF FISH ASSEMBLAGES ASSOCIATED WITH HYDROGRAPHIC, METEOROLOGICAL, AND CLIMATIC CONDITIONS

CC ID: 822288
Contact Name: SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (SCDNR)
Publish Date: 2009-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2009
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: document | Type of Source Media: online

SOUTHEAST AREA MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT PROGRAM - SOUTH ATLANTIC INNER STRATA SAMPLING DATA

CC ID: 822270
Contact Name: ATLANTIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION (ASMFC)
Publish Date: 2015-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2004
Extent End Date/Time: 2013
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: spreadsheet | Type of Source Media: online

SPECIES PROFILES: LIFE HISTORIES AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS OF COASTAL FISHES AND INVERTEBRATES (SOUTH ATLANTIC) - ATLANTIC MENHADEN

CC ID: 822286
Contact Name: ROGERS, S.G. AND M.J. VAN DEN AVYLE
Publish Date: 1983-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 1983
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: document | Type of Source Media: online

SPECIES PROFILES: LIFE HISTORIES AND ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS OF COASTAL FISHES AND INVERTEBRATES (SOUTH ATLANTIC) - SPOT

CC ID: 822281
Contact Name: HALES, L.S. AND M.J. VAN DEN AVYLE
Publish Date: 1989-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 1989
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: document | Type of Source Media: online

SPOTTED SEATROUT BIOLOGY AND POPULATION TRENDS IN GEORGIA

CC ID: 822275
Contact Name: GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES (GADNR)
Publish Date: 2014-01-01
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2014
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: document | Type of Source Media: online

TEMPORAL AND SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION OF ESTUARINE-DEPENDENT SPECIES IN THE SAVANNAH RIVER ESTUARY

CC ID: 822283
Contact Name: JENNINGS, C.A. AND R.S. WEYERS
Publish Date: 2002-01-01
Extent Type: Range
Extent Start Date/Time: 2000
Extent End Date/Time: 2002
Source Contribution:

FISH INFORMATION | Source Geospatial Form: document | Type of Source Media: EMAIL

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 822290
Description:

Nearshore marine and estuarine distributions of fishes were mapped primarily using data provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) and the Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP) of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). These data sets were supplemented with information from the Estuarine Living Marine Resources program (ELMR; Nelson et al. 1991) as well as Jennings and Weyers (2002). Three fishery-independent data sets were provided by GADNR staff: 1) Ecological Monitoring Trawl Survey; 2) Marine Sportfish Population Health Survey; and 3) Red Drum and Coastal Sharks Longline Survey. Each dataset was summarized by GADNR staff for the sampling years 2004-2013 and by sampling region. Summary statistics included the frequency of each species caught during each month for each sampling region, as well as the abundance of each species by month and sampling region. Sampling regions were provided as a shapefile by GADNR staff. Species that were found to occur with a 10% frequency or higher in a given month for a given sampling region were marked as present for that month and sampling region. Additional life history seasonalities, such as larvae, eggs, and spawning months, were typically gathered from either USFWS Species Profiles or ELMR Program data (Nelson et al. 1991). For the nearshore area out to 10m depth, fish species distribution and seasonalities were supplemented with data from the SEAMAP program of the ASMFC. Fishery-independent sampling for the SEAMAP program is conducted in roughly three months out of the year, April, July, and October; however, sampling in practice strays into many of the preceding and following months. Data used for the ESI included the years 2004-2013, and the frequencies of species caught were used to determine monthly presence/absence. Presence within a month was determined by the same 10% frequency cut-off as was used with GADNR fishery independent sampling data. Sampling months were used as proxies for the season within which sampling occurred. Thus, if a species was found to be present in April, it was assumed to be present in March and May; likewise this was done for June and August (July), and September and November (October). In two of the larger river systems, the Savannah and Altamaha, data from Nelson et al. (1991) was used to map fish and invertebrate species and seasonalities. This data set was also used to add timing of spawning, eggs, and larvae for species in nearshore and inshore areas. In the Savannah River, data from Jennings and Weyers (2002) was used to determine distributions and seasonalities of species in higher reaches of the estuary, primarily areas that averaged less than 15 ppt salinity. Information on shark presence in Georgia estuaries and nearshore waters was compiled by GADNR from the Red Drum and Coastal Sharks Longline Survey and supplemented by expert knowledge. Information on life-history stages for sharks was provided by GADNR. Please note, that the presence of young-of-year sharks is indicated in the 'larvae' column in the ESI tables. In addition to the above datasets, anecdotal knowledge was used to define areas of high concentrations for Atlantic tripletail, cobia, and king mackerel.

Process Date/Time: 2015-06-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Process Step 2

CC ID: 822291
Description:

Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS) is comprised generally of three distinct bottom habitats: sandy and/or soft bottom, tall rocky ledges, and rocky hard bottom with minimal vertical relief. The fish species of GRNMS were mapped to only two habitats, soft bottom and hard bottom, where hard bottom represented the combination of both rocky ledges and the rest of the hard bottom habitat. Fish species assemblages for each of these two habitat types were determined from reports, including Kendall et al. (2007) and Hare et al. (2015), as well as input from GRNMS staff and researchers. Two representative communities were selected using Kendall et al. (2007) data on abundance at various habitat types and input from GRNMS researchers. These species were marked as "Common" within the Sanctuary. There were also a number of other fish species that were mapped within GRNMS that did not fall into either of the representative species assemblages for soft and hard bottom habitats. These species were generally more pelagic in nature, e.g., cobia, king mackerel, and Tiger shark. No concentrations were included with these species. Seasonalities for GRNMS species were determined from either Hare et al. (2015), Kendall et al. (2007), SCDNR (2009), or expert knowledge of GA and SC DNR staff. Sturgeon distributions were mapped as polygons based on expert input. Areas that serve as primary habitat are mapped with a concentration of 'high' and mapping qualifier 'concentration area'. A concentration of 'present' was assigned to areas where sturgeon have been observed but where they are less commonly found, and a concentration of 'rare' was assigned to areas where sturgeon could be present but are not typically found. Other anadromous species were mapped to their respective habitats based on anecdotal information provided by GADNR, including: American eel, striped bass, blueback herring and shad. Unlike other portions of their range, striped bass in Georgia do no migrate into the ocean. A suite of recreationally targeted freshwater species (catfish, sunfish, and largemouth bass) were mapped to rivers within the area of interest based on anecdotal information by GADNR. Robust redhorse are mapped to rivers in which the species is known to occur to indicate the potential range of this species.

Process Date/Time: 2015-06-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

Process Step 3

CC ID: 822292
Description:

The above digital and/or hardcopy sources were compiled by the project biologist to create the FISH data layer. Depending on the type of source data, three general approaches are used for compiling the data layer: 1) information gathered during initial interviews and from hardcopy sources are compiled onto U.S. Geological Survey 1:24,000 topographic quadrangles and digitized; 2) hardcopy maps are digitized at their source scale; 3) digital data layers are evaluated and used "as is" or integrated with the hardcopy data sources. See the Lineage section for additional information on the type of source data for this data layer. The ESI, biology, and human-use data are compiled into the standard ESI digital data format. A second set of interviews with participating resource experts are conducted to review the compiled data. If necessary, edits to the FISH data layer are made based on the recommendations of the resource experts, and final hardcopy maps and digital data are created.

Process Date/Time: 2015-06-01 00:00:00
Process Contact: ESI Program Manager
Email Address: orr.esi@noaa.gov

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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 55538
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:55538
Metadata Record Created By: David Moe Nelson
Metadata Record Created: 2019-02-19 16:44+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2021-11-30 16:28+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-02-25
Owner Org: ORR
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-02-26