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Office for Coastal Management, 2022: ORT Regions, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/66155.

Item Identification

Title: ORT Regions
Status: Completed
Abstract:

United States Regions used for the Ocean Reporting Tool (ORT). This file includes lands for the coastal states falling within a region as well as its offshore state and federal waters out to the Exclusive Economic Zone (200nm). The ORT team defined the regions as follows: North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, West Coast, Alaska, and Pacific Islands. North Atlantic includes Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island; Mid-Atlantic includes New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C, and Virginia; South Atlantic includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and East Coast Florida; Gulf of Mexico includes Western Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas; Caribbean includes Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands; West Coast includes California, Oregon, and Washington; and Pacific Islands includes American Samoa, Baker Island, Guam, Hawaii, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palmyra Atoll, and Wake Island.

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 World Mercator.

WGS_1984_World_Mercator

WKID: 3395 Authority: EPSG

Projection: Mercator

False_Easting: 0.0

False_Northing: 0.0

Central_Meridian: 0.0

Standard_Parallel_1: 0.0

Linear Unit: Meter (1.0)

Geographic Coordinate System: GCS_WGS_1984

Angular Unit: Degree (0.0174532925199433)

Prime Meridian: Greenwich (0.0)

Datum: D_WGS_1984

Spheroid: WGS_1984

Semimajor Axis: 6378137.0

Semiminor Axis: 6356752.314245179

Inverse Flattening: 298.257223563

Please note: all MarineCadastre.gov data served by the NOAA Office for Coastal Management and hosted through Esri REST services are in the Web Mercator Auxiliary Sphere (Geographic Coordinate System WGS 1984) projection.

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
ISO 19115 Topic Category oceans
None Alaska
None Caribbean
None Gulf of Mexico
None Mid-Atlantic
None North Atlantic
None Pacific Islands
None regions
None South Atlantic
None West Coast

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
UNCONTROLLED
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
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. http://www.marinecadastre.gov/about/disclaimer.html

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 1115743
Date Effective From: 2017-09-20
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: 1115745
Date Effective From: 2017-09-20
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: 1115746
Date Effective From: 2017-09-20
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: 1115744
Date Effective From: 2017-09-20
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: 1115768
W° Bound: -180
E° Bound: 180
N° Bound: 74.708840004
S° Bound: -17.555000003

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Vector: Yes

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
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: 1121348
Download URL: https://marinecadastre.gov/oceanreports/
Distributor:
Description:

Ocean Reports

Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 1115753
Activity Date/Time: 2017-09-20
Description:

Date that the source FGDC record was last modified.

Activity Log 2

CC ID: 1115752
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: 1115754
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

Atlantic Gulf Boundary Map

CC ID: 1115760
Contact Name: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Citation URL: http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/maps/
Source Contribution:

Image of Atlantic and Gulf Boundary.

Congresstional Districts

CC ID: 1115757
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: Office for Coastal Management, OCM
Publish Date: 2017-02-15
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2017
Citation URL: ftp://ftp.coast.noaa.gov/pub/MSP/CongressionalDistricts.zip
Source Contribution:

Feature class of US congressional districts.

Federal OCS Administrative Boundaries

CC ID: 1115765
Contact Name: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Source Contribution:

Boundary lines to determine offshore breakpoints for regions on East Coast.

Florida County Boundaries

CC ID: 1115761
Contact Name: Florida Geographic Data Library
Citation URL: https://download.fgdl.org/pub/state/county_sep15.zip
Source Contribution:

Florida counties

Florida Roads Data

CC ID: 1115759
Contact Name: Florida Department of Transportation
Citation URL: https://ftp.fdot.gov/file/d/FTP/FDOT/co/planning/transtat/gis/shapefiles/DOTShapesFGDB.zip
Source Contribution:

Geospatial data for Route 1 through Florida Keys.

National Environmental Policy Act

CC ID: 1115764
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: Office for Coastal Management, OCM
Publish Date: 2016-05-11
Citation URL: ftp://coast.noaa.gov/pub/Legis-Atlas/FederalGeoregulations/NationalEnvironmentalPolicyAct.zip
Source Contribution:

Federal offshore waters geospatial data for areas offshore of the Pacific and Caribbean Islands.

Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act

CC ID: 1115763
Contact Name: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Publish Date: 2017-04-12
Citation URL: ftp://coast.noaa.gov/pub/Legis-Atlas/FederalGeoregulations/OuterContinentalShelfLandsAct.zip
Source Contribution:

Federal offshore waters geospatial data

South Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Boundary

CC ID: 1115758
Contact Name: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Citation URL: http://cdn1.safmc.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/28100459/home-1.jpg
Source Contribution:

Image of boundary lines.

US States Submerged Lands

CC ID: 1115762
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: Office for Coastal Management, OCM
Publish Date: 2016-09-14
Citation URL: ftp://coast.noaa.gov/pub/Legis-Atlas/FederalGeoregulations/USStateSubmergedLands.zip
Source Contribution:

State waters geospatial data

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 1115766
Description:

1. Reprojected all source data into World Merc and stored here: RegionsWorking.gdb

2. Created ORT_Regions feature class, with a "Name" field.

3. Added all data to map, saved as Regions.mxd

4. For Land Borders

a. Dissolve Congressional Districts by State

b. Edit Congressional Districts by State

c. Remove non-coastal/GL states

d. Stop editing

e. Start Edit ORT_Regions

f. Select all remaining features in the edited/dissolved congressional districts layer

g. Copy and Paste into ORT_Regions fc

h. Merge states for each region, rename features to match region names

i. North Atlantic: ME, NH, MA, RI, CT

ii. Mid-Atlantic: NY, NJ, DE, Md, DC, VA

iii. South Atlantic: NC, SC, GA, East Coast FL

iv. Gulf of Mexico: Western FL, AL, MS, LA, TX

• For Florida divisions: http://safmc.net/

• Land/Onshore divisions

• Following US highway 1 route and thence upon lat line found in image here: Http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/maps/

• Counties – divided as Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic using best judgement through state.

• Created GL_GulfCoast_Counties and FL_AtlCoast_Counties merged all counties in each of these files to end up with 1 feature each)

v. Caribbean: PR, USVI

vi. West Coast: CA, OR, WA

vii. Alaska

viii. Pacific Islands: Hawaii & All Territories

5. For Offshore Boundaries

Sources: US States Submerged Lands boundary (USSSL), Outer Continual Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for areas without OSCLA coverage.

a. Explode OSCLA and USSSL files

b. Copy all OCSLA polygons into ORT_Regions

c. Copy all USSSL polygons (except the Great Lakes) into ORT_Regions

d. Merge new ORT_Region polygons based on regional divisions for

i. west coast, Alaska, pacific islands, Caribbean

ii. For North Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic Divisions: cut east coast polygons using BOEM’s Atl Admin Boundaries and the Congressional Districts at the division for CT/NY waters and VA/NC waters.

iii. For South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico divisions: Cut offshore polygons to the BOEM GOM Planning Area boundary; For onshore FL divisions, performed union on data created in step 4.h.iv.; Selected all features falling within GOM and merged; Selected all features falling within South Atlantic and Merged.

6. Check Geometry.

Process Date/Time: 2017-03-27 00:00:00

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 66155
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:66155
Metadata Record Created By: Brianna Key
Metadata Record Created: 2021-12-22 04:19+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-12-22
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2021-12-22
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-12-22