GIS Data for Critical Habitat

     Under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, critical habitat may be designated by NOAA Fisheries for the conservation of threatened and endangered species under its jurisdiction. The maps and data on this page represent specific critical habitat areas for those species in the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Region. These maps and data are for illustrative purposes only; the Federal Register should be consulted for the precise legal definition of critical habitat and geographic coordinates.

    THESE MAPS AND DATA ARE FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY.

     Below are maps and corresponding Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data listed alphabetically by species. Esri's ArcGIS software or Google Earth can be used to open shapefiles. Google Earth can also be used to open zipped KML (KMZ) files to view individual designated critical habitats. A link to download Google Earth has been provided below. Metadata (information about the data file) for each GIS layer is available in XML or an easy-to-read HTML format. Please click on the appropriate blue hyperlink to view or download the file.

 

Click here to download Google Earth


Acropora: Elkhorn and Staghorn Coral

Critical Habitat Designation (11/26/2008): Federal Register Final Rule

Florida Map, Caribbean Map
GIS Data: shapefile
Metadata: xml, html
Google Earth: kmz

Atlantic Sturgeon

Critical Habitat Designation (8/17/2017): Federal Register Final Rule

Carolina and South Atlantic Distinct Population Segments Map
GIS Data: shapefile 
Metadata: xml, html
Google Earth: kmz

Green Sea Turtle

Critical Habitat Designation (9/2/1998): Federal Register Final Rule

Map
GIS Data: shapefile 
Metadata: xml, html
Google Earth: kmz

Gulf Sturgeon

Critical Habitat Designation (3/19/2003): Federal Register Final Rule

Map
GIS Data: units 1-7 shapefile, units 8-14 shapefile
Metadata: units 1-7 xmlunits 8-14 xml, units 1-7 html, units 8-14 html
Google Earth: units 1-7 kmz, units 8-14 kmz

  

Hawksbill Sea Turtle

Critical Habitat Designation (9/2/1998): Federal Register Final Rule

Map
Data: shapefile
Metadata: xml, html
Google Earth: kmz

Johnson's Seagrass

Critical Habitat Designation (4/5/2000) -  Federal Register Final Rule

Map
Data: shapefile
 Metadata: xml, html
Google Earth: kmz

Leatherback Sea Turtle

Critical Habitat Designation (3/23/1979) -  Federal Register Final Rule 

Map
Data: shapefile
Metadata: xml, html
Google Earth: kmz 

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Critical Habitat Designation (7/10/2014) -  Federal Register Final Rule

Map
Data: shapefile
Metadata: xml, html
Google Earth: nearshore reproductive kmz, winter kmz, breeding kmzconstricted migratory kmzsargassum kmz

North Atlantic Right Whale

Critical Habitat Designation (1/27/2016 effective date 2/26/16) -  Federal Register Final Rule

Northeast Unit 1 Map, Southeast Unit 2 Map
Data: shapefile 
Metadata: xml, html
Google Earth:  kmz

Smalltooth Sawfish

Critical Habitat Designation (9/2/2009) - Federal Register Final Rule

Map
Data: shapefile
Metadata: xml, html
Google Earth:  kmz

    
For more information or questions about this data please contact the GIS Coordinator at nmfs.ser.gis.coordinator@noaa.gov.