Reef Fish Essential Fish Habitat of the Gulf of Mexico

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
Publication_Date: 20040301
Title: Reef Fish Essential Fish Habitat of the Gulf of Mexico
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Other_Citation_Details:
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. 2004. Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Generic Amendment to the following fishery management plans of the Gulf of Mexico: Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico, Red Drum Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico, Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico, Stone Crab Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico, Coral and Coral Reef Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico, Spiny Lobster Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic. Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, The Commons at Rivergate, 3018 U.S.Highway301 N., Suite 1000, Tampa, Florida 33619.
Online_Linkage: <http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/maps_gis_data/>
Online_Linkage: <http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/>
Description:
Abstract:
Essential fish habitat (EFH) for Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish consists of the following waters and substrate areas in the Gulf of Mexico: all estuaries; the US/Mexico border to the boundary between the areas covered by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) from estuarine waters out to depths of 100 fathoms. Essential fish habitat (EFH) consists of areas of higher species density, based on the NOAA Atlas (NOAA 1985) and the functional relationships analysis in the EIS (GMFMC 2004).
Purpose:
The purpose of these data is to visually represent the textual description of the overall extent of EFH for the Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan which contains 43 species in the fishery management unit.
Supplemental_Information:
Section 303(a)(7) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management and Conservation Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq) requires the National Marine Fisheries Service and regional fishery management councils to (1) describe and identify EFH for managed fisheries; (2) minimize to the extent practicable the adverse effects of fishing on such EFH; and (3) encourage the conservation and enhancement of such EFH.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 20040301
Currentness_Reference: publication date
Status:
Progress: Complete
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -97.799539
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -80.384711
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 31.077789
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 24.333595
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: environmental impact statement
Theme_Keyword: essential fish habitat
Theme_Keyword: fishery management plan
Theme_Keyword: EIS
Theme_Keyword: Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act
Theme_Keyword: reef fish
Theme_Keyword: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
Theme_Keyword: habitat
Theme_Keyword: EFH
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Categories
Theme_Keyword: environment
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: Geographic Names Information Systems
Place_Keyword: Louisiana
Place_Keyword: Texas
Place_Keyword: Alabama
Place_Keyword: Gulf of Mexcio
Place_Keyword: Mississippi
Place_Keyword: Florida
Place_Keyword: southeast U.S.
Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints:
Users are advised that the spatial representation of essential fish habitat is for informational purposes only and should not be solely relied on for regulatory purposes. Implementing regulations [50 CFR 600.815(a)(1)(iv)(B)] specify if there are differences between the descriptions of EFH in text and maps the textual description is ultimately determinative of the limits of EFH. Specific habitat types identified and described as EFH for Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish are found in the Amendment (GMFMC 2005)
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Contact_Person: Essential Fish Habitat Coordinator
Contact_Position: Habitat Conservation Division
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 263 13th Avenue South
City: Saint Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: US
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-824-5317
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727-824-5300
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: david.dale@noaa.gov
Hours_of_Service: Monday - Friday 8:00-4:30
Data_Set_Credit:
MRAG Americas and GIS Solutions, Inc. completed the GIS analysis and produced maps for the EIS and Amendment.
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Microsoft Windows 7 Version 6.1 (Build 7601) Service Pack 1; Esri ArcGIS 10.2.1.3497
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: NOAA National Ocean Service
Publication_Date: 19851201
Title:
Gulf of Mexico Coastal and Ocean Zones Strategic Assessment: Data Atlas
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: atlas
Other_Citation_Details:
Cite as: NOAA, 1985. Gulf of Mexico Coastal and Ocean Zones Strategic Assessment: Data Atlas. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Strategic Environmental Assessment Division, Rockville, MD December 1985.
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
Originator: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Serivce, Southeast Region
Publication_Date: 20050301
Title:
Generic Amendment Number Three for Addressing Essential Fish Habitat Requirements for the Fishery Management Plans of the Gulf of Mexico.
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: document
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Tampa, Florida
Publisher: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
Other_Citation_Details:
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. 2005. Generic Amendment Number 3 for Addressing Essential Fish Habitat Requirements, Habitat Areas of Particular Concern, and Adverse Effects of Fishing in the following Fishery Management Plans of the Gulf of Mexico: Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico, Red Drum Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico, Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico, Stone Crab Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico, Coral and Coral Reef Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico, Spiny Lobster Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic, Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic. Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, The Commons at Rivergate, 3018 U.S.Highway301 N., Suite 1000, Tampa, Florida 33619.

Data_Quality_Information:
Logical_Consistency_Report: Not applicable
Completeness_Report:
The purpose of these data is to visually represent the textual description of the overall extent of EFH for the Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan which contains 43 species in the fishery management unit.
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
The Functional Relationship Analysis in GMFMC 2004 was utilized to select habitat polygons that fit within the criteria identified that each species and lifestage utilizes in growth to maturity. Each habitat polygon was selected or not selected based upon each variable. EFH maps were derived selecting higher density polygons from the Functional Relationship Analysis from species and lifestages in which no density information was available from the NOAA Atlas (i.e. if species and lifestage density was represented by a map in the NOAA Atlas, that species and lifestage was not incorporated into the mapping). The following data were used to create these data: Seagrass from Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI) and Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS), Marshes from FWRI and US Geological Survey, Mangroves from FWRI, Oysters from FWRI and TNRIS, Coral from FWRI, Coral from the NOAA Data Atlas, and Summarized Sediments. Bathymetry from FWRI. Bathymetry depth contours were acquired from the Florida Marine Resource Institute (FMRI). Each EFH boundary was clipped south of the EEZ along the Texas/Mexico boarder and south of the Gulf of Mexico/South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council boundary along the Florida Keys. The intercoucnil boundary (along the Florida Keys) was generated from legal descriptions downloaded from the Federal Register. An adjustment was made for Grand Lake and White Lake in southwest Louisiana, which were initially mis-identified as estuarine and later re-classified as non-estuarine, based on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory data. Thus, those lake were not considered for identification as EFH for red drum, reef fish, coastal migratory pelagics, shrimp and stone crab fishery management units. Several layers with the selected polygons were mapped as a composite represention of EFH for each fishery management unit. The maps depicting these density and habitat utilization data were deliberated by the GMFMC in developing the textual (regulatory) descriptions of essential fish habitat for Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Plans.
Process_Date: unknown
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: Photo Science (formerly GIS Solutions)
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 10033 MLK Street North, Suite 200
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33716
Country: US
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 7275769500
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 7275769600
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Hardcopy maps from the NOAA Atlas (NOAA, 1985) were scanned by Greenhorne & O'Mara to a high resolution (300 dpi) TIFF image. Each digital image then underwent geo-rectification. The polygonal data were digitized and converted to shapefiles.
Process_Date: unknown
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: MRAG Americas
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: 10051 5th Street North, Suite 105
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33702
Country: US
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 7275639070
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 7275630207
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
The layers representing the composite EFH were merged into a single shapefile for each fishery management unit. The new shapefile was reprojected to NAD 1983 Albers and edited to match the textual identification and description of EFH using ArcGIS' editing environment. Any inland water bodies mistakenly included in the previously delivered layers were extracted also using the "Edit Clip" function in ArcGIS' editing environment. In order to fill the gaps within the EFH that were caused by previous digitizing errors, a large overlapping polygon was created inside of the existing EFH boundaries. This polygon was digitized manually to cover from just inside of the seaward boundary to the northern extent of the EFH. After filling in the gaps, any "dangling" polygons extending beyond the seaward boundary were identifed and removed. To obtain a single feature representing the entire EFH for each fishery management unit, the updated EFH was clipped to a master polygon representing the extent of the entire Gulf of Mexico. Once this clip was completed, the result was a "dissolved" polygon consisting of one feature rather than 10-40 thousand individual polygons. The new EFH polygon was then clipped to the land boundary feature using the ArcGIS' editing environment. This resulted in an EFH polygon that is exactly coinicident with the land boundary. During the creation of these data, the land boundary (coast line) feature used was "camra_mrgis_gulf_shore_100.shp" (1:100,000) from FWC/FMRI (Florida Fish Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Marine Research Institute) . Finally, the area in square kilometers and the perimeter in meters was calculated in ArcGIS and listed in the EFH attribute table for each fishery management unit.
Process_Date: 20080101
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: National Coastal Data Development Center
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical
Address: Building 1100, Suite 101
City: Stenis Space Center
State_or_Province: MS
Postal_Code: 39529
Country: US
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 228-688-2936
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 228-688-2010
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: ncddc@noaa.gov

Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Vector
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
SDTS_Terms_Description:
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: GT-polygon composed of chains
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 1

Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Geographic:
Latitude_Resolution: 8.9831528411952133e-009
Longitude_Resolution: 8.9831528411952133e-009
Geographic_Coordinate_Units: Decimal Degrees
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: D North American 1983
Ellipsoid_Name: GRS 1980
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.0
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257222101

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: ReefFish_EFH_GOM
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: FID
Attribute_Definition: Internal feature number.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Shape
Attribute_Definition: Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Area_SqKm
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Perim_M

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20140605
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Serivce
Contact_Person: Essential Fish Habitat Coordinator
Contact_Position: Essential Fish Habitat Coordinator
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: unknown
City: Saint Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: US
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727-824-5317
Hours_of_Service: Monday - Friday 8:00-4:30 Eastern
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time

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