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SEFSC GoMex Oceanic 1994
Citation
NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center. 1994. Cruise Results; Marine Mammal Survey and Spring Southeast Are Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP) Ichthyoplankton Survey; NOAA Ship Oregon II Cruise OT-94-01 (209)

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Description
This dataset contains sightings of not only cetaceans but also other species including sea turtles, fish and shark observed during the ship survey. During the survey, at least 18 species were sighted, including: Atlantic spotted dolphin, Clymene dolphin, Cuvier’s beaked whale, dwarf sperm whale, dwarf/pygmy sperm whale, false killer whale, humpback whale, killer whale, melon-headed whale, northern right whale, pantropical spotted dolphin, pygmy sperm whale, Risso’s dolphin, rough-toothed dolphin, short/long-finned pilot whale, sperm whale, spinner dolphin, standard bottlenose dolphin, and striped dolphin. more

A spring marine mammals survey in Gulf of Mexico was conducted in 1994 by NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center to examine the diversity, distribution and estimate abundance of marine mammals in United States waters. The survey was aimed at meeting the responsibilities under the provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The survey was taken place along with Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP). In addition, it was conducted in coordination with the Japanese vessel Shoyo Maru and a larval transport survey in the Florida Keys. Specific objectives of this survey are: 1. Complete a line transect survey of the study area for marine mammals during daylight hours, 2. Collect ichthyoplankton with bongo and double neuston trawl gear for estimates of abundance of eggs, larvae and small juveniles, particularly those of bluefin tuna, 3. Obtain associated environmental and oceanographic data, 4. Record data on marine life, seabirds and debris encountered during line transects, 5. Obtain marine mammal biopsy samples for analysis, and 6. Collect tar samples encountered during neuston sampling SEAMAP stations for analysis.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Birds, Biology > Fish, Biology > Mammals, Biology > Reptiles
Keywords:
Marine, ASW, Mexico Gulf, Aves, Cetacea, Pisces, Testudines

Geographical coverage
ASW, Mexico Gulf [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
16 April 1994 - 9 June 1994

Taxonomic coverage
Aves [WoRMS]
Cetacea [WoRMS]
Pisces [WoRMS]
Testudines [WoRMS]

Contributors
Federal Government of the United States of America; Department of Commerce; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; National Marine Fisheries Service; Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC), moredata owner

Related datasets
Published in:
OBIS-SEAMAP: Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, more

Publication
Based on this dataset:
NOAA (1994). Cruise results. Spring marine mammal survey and spring Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP) ichtyoplankton survey. NOAA ship OREGON II cruise OT-94-01 (209), 04/15 – 06/10/94. [S.n.]: [s.l.]. 8 + tables + figures pp., more

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Dataset information:

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research
Metadatarecord created: 2012-11-12
Information last updated: 2012-11-13
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