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MIRC Guam Marine Species Vessel-Based Monitoring Winter Surveys 2011
HDR. 2011. Guam marine species monitoring survey: Vessel-based monitoring surveys winter 2011. Final Report submitted by HDR to U.S. Navy NAVFAC Pacific. 2012 Annual Marine Species Monitoring Report for the Mariana Islands Range Complex
Contact: Spontak, Dana
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The objective of this current survey effort was to conduct baseline surveys to further document marine mammal and sea turtle occurrence in nearshore waters around the island of Guam. This report presents the results of the Guam Marine Species Monitoring Survey conducted on the MV Island Girl from February 17 to March 3, 2011. more
This survey covered an area of approximately 4,100 square kilometers (km2)(1,200 square nautical miles ([nm2]) to document marine mammal and sea turtle distribution around the island of Guam. The approach primarily followed opportunistic survey protocols used in a recent survey around Guam (Ligon et al. 2011), which remained nearshore (within 5.6 kilometers [km] or 3 nautical miles [nm] of the coastline). ). The resulting sightings, therefore, consisted of spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris; 7 of 9 sightings) and a mixed group of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus). In addition, one species of sea turtle was observed (green sea turtle, Chelonia mydas). Additional lines of effort following standard line-transect protocols were attempted (out to 10 nm from shore) when sea conditions permitted. The sighting of short-finned pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins on 02/22/11 was an aggregation of the two species and recorded as a single record. This sighting was split into each species in this dataset.
OBIS-SEAMAP: Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, more
Based on this dataset:
(2011). Guam marine species monitoring survey. Vessel-based monitoring surveys, winter 2011. HDR: [s.l.]. 13-31 pp., more
Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Metadatarecord created: 2013-06-26
Information last updated: 2014-06-17