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NMFS-COPEPOD: The Global Plankton Database, WEBSEC Sub-Collection

Abstract: Midwater invertebrates were collected in the southeastern Chukchi Sea. A 1.8m Isaacs-Kidd midwater trawl was used at 20 stations to collect 81 semi-quantitative samples; a 3m otter trawl was used at one station to collect two qualitative samples. Data tables list the species collected and their numbers, size range, and displacement volumes for the midwater trawl stations and a species list only ... View entire text

Purpose: The Western Beaufort Sea Ecological Cruises (WEBSEC) were a sequence of oceanographic cruises sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard to assess the Alaskan arctic marine environment and biota before major industrial development. The Coast Guard enlisted the efforts of federal, state, and university research groups for the program, and the National Marine Fisheries Service contributed to the first three cruises with studies of zooplankton, midwater invertebrate, and fishes.
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Description: NMFS-COPEPOD Global Plankton Database
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 70.57   S: 68.9   E: -162.4   W: -168.93
Min Depth: 0 Max Depth: 49

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
Dataset Title: NMFS-COPEPOD: The Global Plankton Database, WEBSEC Sub-Collection
Dataset Release Date: 2009
Dataset Release Place:
Dataset Publisher: NOAA COPEPOD
Data Presentation Form: database
Other Citation Details: Principal Investigator: Bruce Wing
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1970-09-27
Stop Date: 1970-10-18
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Data Center
Data Center URL:
Dataset ID: WEBSEC

Data Center Personnel
Phone: 303-887-6043
Email: Philip.Goldstein at
Distribution Format: Text
Fees: none
Phone: 301-713-2363 x174
Email: todd.obrien at
Contact Address:
NMFS ST Marine Ecosystems Division
1315 East-West Hwy
City: Silver Springs
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20910
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-02-18
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24