BLM Cetacean and Turtle Assessment Program (CETAP) OPP SightingsEntry ID: seamap284
Abstract: The Cetacean and Turtle Assessment Program (CETAP) was sponsored by the Bureau of Land Management and conducted between October 1978 and January 1982 by the University of Rhode Island in outer continental shelf waters of the northeastern United States from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to the Gulf of Maine and from shore to 9.3 km (5 nautical miles) seaward of the 1829 m (1000 fathoms) isobath. Population surveys were conducted by CETAP to assess the distribution and abundance of whales, dolphins and sea turtles inhabiting the study area.
Purpose: Please contact the contact person for proper use of the dataset.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: This dataset is a sub set of CETAP extracting opportunistic sighting records with taxonomic information of species sighted added. The full dataset may be available upon request. Please cantact the contact person. Also note that the metadata is in edits. For further details of the dataset or questions, ... contact the contact person. Sighting points that are more than 2km inland were eliminated. Those from 1km to 2km inland can be considered as on-water sightings. Those points have TRUE in [Excluded] field to indicate that they seem to fall on land but may be correct sightings.
CURRENTNESS REFERENCE: ground condition
SPATIAL DATA ORGANIZATION INFORMATION
Direct Spatial Reference: Vector
SDTS Point and Vector Object Type: Entity point
Point and Vector Object Count: 10027
SPATIAL REFERENCE INFORMATION - GEODETIC MODEL
Horizontal Datum Name: D_WGS_1984
Ellipsoid Name: WGS_1984
Semi-major Axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator of Flattening Ratio: 298.257224
NATIVE: Microsoft Windows 2000 Version 5.0 (Build 2195) Service Pack 4; ESRI ArcCatalog 126.96.36.1990
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: University of Rhode Island
Dataset Title: BLM Cetacean and Turtle Assessment Program (CETAP) OPP Sightings
Dataset Series Name: OBIS-SEAMAP
Dataset Release Date: 2005-08-02 15:08:47.889912-04
Dataset Release Place: http://seamap.env.duke.edu/
Dataset Publisher: OBIS-SEAMAP
Data Presentation Form: vector digital data
This data set description is a member of a collection. The collection is described in
Start Date: 1935-03-25Stop Date: 1982-12-21
Latitude Resolution: 0.000167 Decimal degrees
Longitude Resolution: 0.000167 Decimal degrees
Horizontal Resolution Range: 1 meter - < 30 meters
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > MAMMALS > CETACEANS
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > MAMMALS > CETACEANS > BALEEN WHALES
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > MAMMALS > CETACEANS > TOOTHED WHALES
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION > ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES > REPTILES > TURTLES > SEA TURTLES
Quality LOGICAL CONSISTENCY REPORT: Sighting points that are more than 2km inland were eliminated. Those from 1km to 2km inland can be considered as on-water sightings. Those points have TRUE in [Excluded] field to indicate that they seem to fall on land but may be correct sightings.
HORIZONTAL POSITIONAL ACCURACY REPORT: Depends on GPS
VERTICAL POSITIONAL ACCURACY REPORT: Depends on GPS
Access Constraints ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: Open public unless otherwise noted.
DISTRIBUTION LIABILITY: Not to hold OBIS-SEAMAP liable for errors in the data. While we have made every effort to ensure the quality of the database, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of these datasets. Also please refer to Use Constraints.
Use Constraints The datasets should be used with the corresponding transects dataset. Not to use data contained in OBIS-SEAMAP in any publication, product, or commercial application without prior written consent of the original data provider. To cite both the data provider and OBIS-SEAMAP appropriately after approval of use is obtained. Also please refer to Distribution Liability.
Data Set Progress
Distribution Size: 2.741
Distribution Format: ZIP
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Email: efujioka at duke.edu
LSRC A321 Box 90328
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 27708
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: (401) 874-6664
Fax: (401) 874-6523
Email: rkenney at gso.uri.edu
Narragansett Bay Campus Box 41 South Ferry Road
Province or State: RI
Postal Code: 02882-1197
Cetacean and Turtle Assessment Program, University of Rhode Island. A Characterization of Marine Mammals and Turtles in the Mid- and North-Atlantic Areas of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, Annual Report for 1979. 1981. Contract number AA551-CT8-48. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Washington, DC. 862 pp. NTIS order number: PB 81 243 289.
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2006-03-14
Last DIF Revision Date: 2008-01-13