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NEFSC Benthic Database
Entry ID: WHOI_Benthic_Fauna

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Abstract: Benthic fauna data has been collected from 1881 to the present by the National Marine Fisheries Service Laboratories at Woods Hole, MA (early years Bureau of Fisheries) and Sandy Hook, NJ (formerly with the Bureau of Sport Fisheries). Little data exists from 1881 to around 1955. After intensive sampling, data became sparse again after 1986. The data includes the work by Wigley and Theroux on the ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 49.1   S: 24.0   E: -49.04   W: -82.0
Min Depth: 1 Max Depth: 3975

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Northeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dataset Title: NEFSC Benthic Database
Dataset Release Date: 2010
Dataset Release Place: Woods Hole Laboratories, Woods Hole, MA 02543
Dataset Publisher: Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Data Presentation Form: database
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1881-10-10
Stop Date: 1989-09-01
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 0.0001
Decimal degrees

Longitude Resolution: 0.0001
Decimal degrees

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Quality ATTRIBUTE ACCURACY REPORT: The data has been used for many years and has had quality checks.
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OBIS-USA renders information prepared by contributors accessible through dynamic on-line publication. It does not peer-review the quality of the data provided. However, it is confident that the data ... View entire text
Use Constraints Prior to use of these records in any analysis or report, NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center must be notified and if used the provenance of the original data must be acknowledged. Acknowledge the use of specific records from contributing NEFSC databases and acknowledge the use of the OBIS-USA facility. Recognize the limitations of data in OBIS-USA.
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Data Center
Data Center URL:
Dataset ID: NEFSCBenthicDatabase

Data Center Personnel
Phone: 303-887-6043
Email: Philip.Goldstein at
Distribution Format: Text
Fees: None
Phone: 732-872-3058
Email: steven.fromm at
Contact Address:
166 Water Street, Woods Hole Laboratories
City: Woods Hole
Province or State: MA
Postal Code: 02543
Country: United States of America
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PEARCE, J.B. and F.W. STEIMLE. 1980. Ongoing environmental assessment, monitoring, and research under the Ocean Pulse Program. p. 108-122 IN: J.K. Adams et al. (eds.). Man and the Sea. Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Center for Marine Studies.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2011-03-14
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24