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Office for Coastal Management, 2023: Critical Habitat by NMFS,

Item Identification

Title: Critical Habitat by NMFS
Status: Completed
Publication Date: 2022-06-21

Critical habitat is habitat needed to support recovery of listed species. When a species is listed under the Endangered Species Act, NOAA Fisheries is required to determine whether there are areas that meet the definition of critical habitat. Once critical habitat is designated, other federal agencies consult with NOAA Fisheries to ensure actions they fund, authorize, or undertake are not likely to destroy or adversely modify the critical habitat.

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 of the species and that 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.


To support ocean planning activities pursuant to the Executive Order Regarding the Ocean Policy to Advance the Economic, Security, and Environmental Interests of the United States, the Energy Policy Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Supplemental Information:

Bureau Code: 006:48, Program Code: 006:055


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
ISO 19115 Topic Category
ISO 19115 Topic Category
None coastal
None planning
None renewable energy

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
None Exclusive Economic Zone
None Outer Continental Shelf
None Territorial Sea

Physical Location

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

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: None Planned
Data Presentation Form: Map (digital)
Entity Attribute Overview:

commonName, scientificName, statusType, listingStatus, federalRegister

Distribution Liability:

Data Set Credit: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 1176324
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:
Phone: (843) 740-1202


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 1176336
W° Bound: -180
E° Bound: 180
N° Bound: 74.75
S° Bound: -15

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 1176335
Time Frame Type: Discrete
Start: 2022-04-04

publication date

Spatial Information

Spatial Representation

Representations Used

Grid: No
Vector: Yes
Text / Table: No
Stereo Model: No
Video: No

Vector Representation 1

CC ID: 1176330
Complex Object Present?: No
Composite Object Present?: No
Curve Object Present?: Yes
Point Object Present?: No
Solid Object Present?: No
Surface Object Present?: Yes

Reference Systems

Reference System 1

CC ID: 1176331

Coordinate Reference System

CRS Type: Geographic 2D
EPSG Code: EPSG:4269
EPSG Name: NAD83
See Full Coordinate Reference System Information

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Use Constraints:

For coastal and ocean planning

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 1176325
Download URL:
Description: Data Registry

Distribution 2

CC ID: 1176326
Download URL:

Technical Environment


Microsoft Windows, ArcGIS Pro, Azure SQL

Data Quality



Horizontal Positional Accuracy:

Compiled to meet 10 meters horizontal accuracy at 95% confidence level

Completeness Report:


Conceptual Consistency:

These data are logically consistent



Endangered Species Conservation Critical Habitat

CC ID: 1176332
Contact Role Type: Originator
Contact Type: Organization
Contact Name: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Extent Type: Discrete
Extent Start Date/Time: 2022-06-17
Citation URL:
Source Contribution:

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 1176333

1) Acquire source data by URL

2) Import to ArcGIS Pro

3) Set CRS to NAD83 GRS 80

4) Remove superfluous attribute fields

5) Adjust field name, field alias, and field size parameters

6) Execute the ArcGIS Pro function REPAIR GEOMETRY to remove validation errors

Process Date/Time: 2022-06-14 00:00:00

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 67427
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:67427
Metadata Record Created By: Daniel Martin
Metadata Record Created: 2022-06-17 13:01+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-05-30 18:10+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2022-06-20
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2022-06-20
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2023-06-20