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MARMAP Blackfish Trap Survey 1990-2009
Entry ID: MARMAP_Blackfish

Abstract: Abundance and biomass of fish species collected during the day from 1977 to 1989 off the coast of the southeastern United States (Cape Fear, NC to Cape Canaveral, FL). Blackfish traps were set on live-bottom reef areas at depths < 50 m. Blackfish trap were nearly cubic (0.6 m x 0.6 m x 0.5 m; 0.16 m3 volume) and constructed of 38-mm (1.5-inch) octagonal mesh ("chicken wire"). Each trap consisted of two entrances (0.13 m diameter, 0.09 m length) and one bait well (0.10 m diameter, 0.25 m length). Each trap was soaked between 90 and 120 minutes.

Purpose: For thirty years, the Marine Resources Research Institute (MRRI) at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), through the Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment and Prediction (MARMAP) program, has conducted fisheries-independent research on groundfish, reef fish, ichthyoplankton, and coastal pelagic fishes within the region between Cape Lookout, North Carolina, and Ft Pierce, ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 34.38   S: 30.72   E: -76.55   W: -80.61
Min Depth: 15 M Max Depth: 64 M

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Marcel Reichert
Dataset Title: MARMAP Blackfish Trap Survey 1990-2009
Dataset Release Date: 2009
Dataset Release Place: Marine Resources Research Institute, South Carolina Dept of Natural Resources
Dataset Publisher: SCDNR/NOAA MARMAP Program
Data Presentation Form: Database
Other Citation Details: Retrieve from
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1977-05-17
Stop Date: 1989-09-14
ISO Topic Category
Quality The data has been in use by the agency and other agencies since its inception. The database has undergone rigorous quality checks. Used Differential GPS. Data was truncated to 2nd decimal point (about 1500 meters) with respect to location due to confidentiality.
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DISTRIBUTION LIABILITY: 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 ... View entire text
Use Constraints Prior to use of these records in any analysis or report, the MARMAP program must be notified and if used the provenance of the original data must be acknowledged. For information purposes, email the full citation of any publication made (printed or electronic) that cites OBIS or any constituent part.

Acknowledge the use of specific records from contributing MARMAP 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: MARMAP_BlackfishSurvey

Data Center Personnel
Phone: 303-887-6043
Email: Philip.Goldstein at
Distribution Format: Text
Fees: None
Phone: 843-953-5778
Fax: 843-953-9820
Email: reichertm at
Contact Address:
Marine Resources Research Institute PO Box 12559
City: Charleston
Province or State: SC
Postal Code: 29422-2559
Country: United States of America
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-08-28
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23