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SEFSC Gomex Shelf 2000
NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center. 2000. Report of a Cetacean Survey of Continental Shelf Waters of the Northern Gulf of Mexico aboard NOAA Ship OREGON II (Cruise 242)

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Dataset from a continental shelf survey in the Gulf of Mexico was conducted in 2000 by the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center and Minerals Management Service to examine the distribution and estimate abundance of cetaceans in United States waters. more

The purpose of this survey is to examine the distribution and estimate abundance of cetaceans in United States waters. This dataset contains sightings of not only cetaceans but also other species including sea turtles, fish and shark observed during the ship survey. During 16 survey days, 85 cetacean groups were sighted, including: Atlantic spotted dolphin, bBottlenose dolphin, rough-toothed dolphin, and sperm whale. Specific objectives of this survey are: 1. Collect line-transect data to estimate abundance and define distribution of cetacean species in continental shelf waters of the northern Gulf of Mexico, 2. Obtain biopsy samples of skin and blubber from selected cetacean species for genetic and contaminant analysis in order to study the stock structure of Gulf of Mexico cetaceans, 3. Collect ichthyoplankton samples with bongo and neuston gear for the purpose of estimating abundance and defining the distribution of eggs, larvae, and small juveniles of Gulf of Mexico fishes, particularly king and Spanish mackerel, clupeids, lutjanids and sciaenids, 4. Obtain station associated environmental and oceanographic data throughout the survey area using the SBE 911 plus CTD and the SBE 19 Seacat Profiler, and 5. Collect data on the distribution and abundance of sea turtles, seabirds and other marine life and marine debris encountered during the survey.

Biology > Birds, Biology > Fish, Biology > Mammals, Biology > Reptiles
Marine, ASW, Mexico Gulf, Aves, Cetacea, Pisces, Testudines

Geographical coverage
ASW, Mexico Gulf [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
7 September 2000 - 1 October 2000

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

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

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Based on this dataset:
NOAA (2000). Cruise results. Fall Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (SEAMAP) ichtyoplankton survey and cetacean survey. NOAA ship Oregon II cruise 00-06(242), 5 September – 2 October 2000. [S.n.]: [s.l.]. 6 + tables + figures pp., more


Dataset information:

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