Slide Menu
Search Help Show/Hide Menu
Short Citation:
NMFS Office Of Protected Resources, 2023: Rough Cactus Coral,

Item Identification

Title: Rough Cactus Coral
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2023-08-09

These data represent the critical habitat designation (August 9, 2023) under the Endangered Species Act for the rough cactus coral (Mycetophyllia ferox). Critical habitat is defined as all marine waters in the defined depth ranges relative to mean low water.Within the defined boundaries, critical habitat does not include: - areas subject to the 2014 Naval Air Station Key West Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan- areas where the essential feature (i.e., reproductive, recruitment, growth, and maturation habitat) does not occur- all managed areas that may contain natural hard substrate but do not provide the quality of substrate essential for the conservation of threatened corals, such as dredged navigation channels, shipping basins, vessel berths, and active anchorages. Specific federally-authorized channels and harbors not included in the designation are: St. Lucie Inlet, Palm Beach Harbor, Hillsboro Inlet, Port Everglades, Baker’s Haulover Inlet, Miami Harbor, Key West Harbor, Arecibo Harbor, San Juan Harbor, Fajardo Harbor, Ponce Harbor, Mayaguez Harbor, St. Thomas Harbor, Christiansted Harbor.- artificial substrates such as fixed and floating structures, aids-to-navigation (AToNs), seawalls, wharves, boat ramps, fishpond walls, pipes, submarine cables, wrecks, mooring balls, docks, and aquaculture cages- the restricted area managed by the South Florida Ocean Measuring Facility.


These data represent the critical habitat designation (August 9, 2023) under the Endangered Species Act for the rough cactus coral (Mycetophyllia ferox).


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
None critical habitat
None Mycetophyllia ferox
None rough cactus coral
None threatened species

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Atlantic Ocean
None Broward County
None Caribbean
None Caribbean Sea
None Dry Tortugas
None Florida
None Florida Keys
None Gulf of Mexico
None Miami-Dade County
None Navassa Island
None Puerto Rico
None St. Croix
None St. John
None St. Thomas
None U. S. Virgin Islands

Physical Location

City: St. Petersburg
State/Province: FL

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Data Presentation Form: Map (digital)
Data Set Credit: CREDIT: National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Region ORIGINATORS: NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service; NOAA-National Marine Fisheries Service;

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 1081203
Date Effective From: 2020-11-27
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Moore, Jennifer
Address: 263 13th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Email Address:
Phone: 727-824-5312
Fax: 727-824-5309

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 1081205
Date Effective From: 2020-11-27
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NMFS Southeast Region GIS Coordinator
Email Address:

Point of Contact

CC ID: 1081204
Date Effective From: 2020-11-27
Date Effective To:
Contact (Position): NMFS Southeast Region GIS Coordinator
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Description:

ground condition

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 1081208
W° Bound: -83.21319
E° Bound: -64.427776
N° Bound: 26.326389
S° Bound: 17.635728

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 1081207
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2020-11-27 00:00:00+0000

ground condition

Spatial Information

Reference Systems

Reference System 1

CC ID: 1081200

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:

Users be advised that the accuracy of this data set is completely dependent upon the accuracy of the shoreline and/or bathymetric data used in the creation process. For more details on this process, see the process description. The proposed rule text description in 85 FR 76302 is always the one, true definition of the coral critical habitat. These or any other depictions are for information purposes only and shouldn't be relied on for regulatory purposes.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 1081209
Download URL:

Data access URL

File Type: File Geodatabase Feature Class

Technical Environment


Version 6.2 (Build 9200) ; Esri ArcGIS


Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 1081197

Bathymetry source: NGDC Coastal Relief Model for Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands (Vol. 9), and Florida and Eastern Gulf of Mexico (Vol. 3). Using ESRI's ArcGIS ArcMap software and Spatial Analyst extension, ran the focal statistics tool, which smoothed blocky contours. Then Surface >Contour tool with base contour set to 0.99999, which will also smooth some blockiness. Converted the polyline to a polygon. Deleted very small polygons/ or polys for depths +/- 1m. NOAA NCCOS provided bathymeric contours for Navassa based on sidescan sonar surveys.

Process Step 2

CC ID: 1081198

A detailed shoreline was used for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands from NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), by selecting 'Land' and 'mangrove' polygons. Used NOAA medium resolution vector shoreline for Florida to create land polygon. Erased the bathymetry polygons with the land/mangrove polygons . For Florida shoreline, or shoreward side of the critical habitat polygon, used Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) nearshore bathymetry (digitized from NOAA nautical charts), FWC 1:24,000 scale shoreline, COLREG lines, and intercouncil boundary between South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils at the mouths of bays and inlets, and information from the U.S. Navy for exclusions. In areas where shallow contours intersected the shoreline, the contours were edited so they would not overlap in the GIS layer and on the maps.

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity CoralRoughCactus_20230809

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 65265
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:65265
Metadata Record Created By: Jonathan Molineaux
Metadata Record Created: 2021-08-31 20:48+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Jennifer Schultz
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-08-08 14:24+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-11-30
Owner Org: OPR
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2021-11-30
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-11-30