Cape Cod Bay Ocean Sanctuary and Monitoring ProgramEntry ID: gomc_364
Abstract: Cape Cod Bay is ecologically rich with a complex and diverse array of
coastal and marine habitats. Beaches, wetlands and offshore water provide
important habitats for plant and animal communities that include commercially
valuable species of finfish and shellfish as well as endangered marine mammals
and birds. From our field station in Provincetown, we can easily voyage into
the greater Gulf of ... Maine to work on issues of habitat protection, ecosystem
management, marine mammal and marine wildlife conservation. We fly aerial
surveys over Cape Cod Bay; survey the humpback feeding grounds of Jeffreys
Ledge off New Hampshire and Stellwagen Bank off Massachusetts; huddle over
countless tables with shipping companies, municipal leaders, fishermen, and
government officials to come up with new ways of solving old problems.
Waterbody or Watershed Names: CAPE COD BAY
Purpose: The Monitoring Program will provide monthly and annual reports on the
state of Cape Cod Bay.
Additional Information OR Comments: Contact Amy Costa for data.
Materials and Methods: The program measures temperature, salinity, D.O., water
clarity, nitrates, phosphates: water samples will be analyzed for nutrients,
bacterial levels, and pH.
Sample Site Locations: 8 offshore and 21 nearshore stations. Offshore sampling
will take place at previously established sites for the Right Whale Habitat
Number of Samples Collected: Bi-weekly sampling will begin in mid-April and
continue through October. Nearshore sampling will be conducted at each station,
2-3 hours before high tide and again 2-3 hours after high tide.
Season: mid-April through October
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Start Date: 2006-05-01
Temporal Resolution: biweekly
Temporal Resolution Range: Daily - < Weekly
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > NUTRIENTS
TERRESTRIAL HYDROSPHERE > WATER QUALITY/WATER CHEMISTRY > WATER TEMPERATURE
OCEANS > MARINE ENVIRONMENT MONITORING
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > DISSOLVED GASES
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > NITRATE
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > NUTRIENTS
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > PH
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY > PHOSPHATE
OCEANS > OCEAN CHEMISTRY
OCEANS > OCEAN OPTICS
OCEANS > OCEAN TEMPERATURE
OCEANS > SALINITY/DENSITY
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > BACTERIA/ARCHAEA
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > PLANTS
Quality QA protocols in place.
Access Constraints Contact Amy Costa for data.
Use Constraints Contact Amy Costa.
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: by phone to Contact
Distribution Format: Data not available other than via Contact at present
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: 508 487 3623 x122
Email: acosta at cape.com
P.O. Box 1036
Province or State: Massachusetts
Postal Code: 02657
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-11-14
Last DIF Revision Date: 2006-12-12