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NMFS Office Of Protected Resources, 2024: Green Sea Turtle (Central West Pacific DPS) Proposed,

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Title: Green Sea Turtle (Central West Pacific DPS) Proposed
Publication Date: 2023-07-19

This proposed critical habitat designation is based on the best available data and includes only in-water areas containing the essential features. Please see the attribute data, which describe the essential features are contained in each unit of critical habitat. The essential features are defined as follows:(1) Reproductive (North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Central North Pacific, Central South Pacific, and Central West Pacific DPSs). From the mean high water line to 20 m depth, sufficiently dark and unobstructed nearshore waters adjacent to nesting beaches designated as critical habitat by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), to allow for the transit, mating, and internesting of reproductive individuals and the transit of post-hatchlings.(2) Migratory (North Atlantic and East Pacific DPSs). From the mean high water line to 20 m depth (North Atlantic DPS) or 10 km offshore (East Pacific DPS), sufficiently unobstructed waters that allow for unrestricted transit of reproductive individuals between benthic foraging/resting and reproductive areas.(3) Benthic foraging/resting (North Atlantic, South Atlantic, East Pacific, Central North Pacific, Central South Pacific, and Central West Pacific DPSs). From the mean high water line to 20 m depth, underwater refugia and food resources (i.e., seagrasses, macroalgae, and/or invertebrates) of sufficient condition, distribution, diversity, abundance, and density necessary to support survival, development, growth, and/or reproduction.(4) Surface-pelagic foraging/resting (North Atlantic DPS). Convergence zones, frontal zones, surface-water downwelling areas, the margins of major boundary currents, and other areas that result in concentrated components of the Sargassum-dominated drift community, as well as the currents which carry turtles to Sargassum-dominated drift communities, which provide sufficient food resources and refugia to support the survival, growth, and development of post-hatchlings and surface-pelagic juveniles, and which are located in sufficient water depth (at least 10 m) to ensure offshore transport via ocean currents to areas which meet forage and refugia requirements.Disclaimer: the spatial data provided here display an approximation of the boundaries for the essential features described above. For example, in some areas critical habitat occurs from the mean high water line to 20 m depth, and the spatial data approximate this area. Use of these data do not replace the ESA section 7 consultation process; however, these data may be a first step in determining whether a proposed federal action overlaps with proposed critical habitat.USE LIMITATIONS*** Attribution *** Whenever NMFS material is reproduced and re-disseminated, we request that users attribute the material appropriately. Pursuant to 17 U.S. C. 403, parties who produce copyrighted works consisting predominantly of material created by the Federal Government are encouraged to provide notice with such work(s) identifying the U.S. Government material incorporated and stating that such material is not subject to copyright protection. Please cite the this dataset as: NOAA Fisheries Service. Endangered Species Act Critical Habitat Geodatabase. 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Users assume responsibility for determining the appropriate use of this dataset. *** Shorelines/Bathymetry Layers *** The accuracy of this dataset is dependent upon the accuracy and resolution of the datasets (e.g. shoreline, hydrography, bathymetry, shared administrative boundaries) used in the creation process. Source datasets used are specified in the metadata. These data sources were selected for their suitability to a broad audience, and may not be suitable for specific uses requiring higher-resolution information. Coastlines and water body boundaries change. Unless otherwise noted, assume the boundary reaches the most current river, estuary, or coastal shoreline delineation available. It does not include land. For shorelines, we used NOAA’s Continually Updated Shoreline Product (CUSP), where available. Where not available, we used Coastal Change Analysis Program C-CAP shoreline data. For bathymetry, we used the following datasets:North Atlantic: USGS Bathymetric Contours for East Coast 2013South Atlantic: Depths used for the proposed critical habitat designation of the lobe star coral.East Pacific: California. Department of Fish and Game. Marine Resources Region 2001.Central Pacific: University of Hawaii Pacific Islands Benthic Habitat Mapping Center and depths used for the proposed critical habitat designation of the Pacific coral, Acropora globiceps.Standard spatial reference is the World Geodetic System 1984 geographic coordinate system (GCS_WGS_1984, EPSG well-known identifier 4326).


This feature class depicts proposed critical habitat of the green sea turtle, as clarified by the regulatory language. Please consider the regulatory language when using these spatial data. For example, some boundaries may occur on land, which is not included in this designation.


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Physical Location

City: Silver Spring
State/Province: MD

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Data Presentation Form: Map (digital)
Data Set Credit: National Marine Fisheries Service, "populate region"

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 1261897
Date Effective From: 2020-05-19
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Schultz, Jennifer
Email Address:

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 1261899
Date Effective From: 2020-05-19
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Schultz, Jennifer
Email Address:

Point of Contact

CC ID: 1261898
Date Effective From: 2020-05-19
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Schultz, Jennifer
Email Address:


Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 1261901
W° Bound: 141.296447
E° Bound: 149.1754594
N° Bound: 19.0340165
S° Bound: 12.9456888

Spatial Information

Reference Systems

Reference System 1

CC ID: 1261894

Coordinate Reference System

CRS Type: Geographic 2D
EPSG Code: EPSG:4326
EPSG Name: WGS 84
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Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Use Constraints:

These spatial data are not the official legal definitions of critical habitat. Proposed rules, final rules, and the Code of Federal Regulations (50 CFR 226) are the official sources of critical habitat.

Technical Environment


Microsoft Windows 10 Version 10.0 (Build 19043) ; Esri ArcGIS

Child Items

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Rubric Score Type Title
Entity Proposed_SeaTurtleGreen_CentralWestPacificDPS_20220826

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 70311
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:70311
Metadata Record Created By: Jennifer Schultz
Metadata Record Created: 2023-07-17 23:42+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Jennifer Schultz
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-07-17 23:44+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2023-07-17
Owner Org: OPR
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2023-07-17
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2024-07-17