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Virginia CZM Wind Energy Area Survey- Left side - November 2012 through April 2014
Sarah D. Mallette, Gwen G. Lockhart, Ryan J. McAlarney, Erin W. Cummings, William A. McLellan, D. Ann Pabst and Susan G. Barco. 2014. Documenting Whale Migration off Virginia’s Coast for Use in Marine Spatial Planning: Aerial and Vessel Surveys in the Proximity of the Virginia Wind Energy Area (VA WEA). VAQF Scientific Report 2014-08. pp. 89
Contact: Marine Laboratory, more

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Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

On November 1, 2013, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced Dominion Virginia Power was the provisional winner of the commercial lease area offshore of Virginia (VA WEA). Development of off shore wind energy poses potential threats to marine mammals, including direct effects (i.e. vessel interactions, collision and entanglement with structures, displacement, avoidance, or injury due to noise from construction or operations) and indirect threats (i.e. effects on prey species, increased risk of fishery and vessel interaction through displacement out of the WEA) (BOEM 2012). This information is important to mitigate the potentially harmful impacts from ocean development, shipping, and other anthropogenic activities. To address these existing data gaps, we have collected marine mammal sighting data from multiple platforms in addition to sea turtle sighting data off the coast of Virginia from 2012 to 2014. more

The data provided were collected as part of the Documenting Whale Migration off Virginia's Coast for Use in Marine Spatial Planning project - funded by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program Grant Section 309 Environmental Enhancement Program Strategy Project of Special Merit No. NA12NOS4190027. Aerial surveys were conducted under NOAA Scientific Permits No. 948-1692-00 and 16473, held by UNCW.

[2015-02-25] Off-effort sightings were appended in response to provider's request. The original survey data are separated into two datasets, collected from left-side and right-side observers to address variance in environmental and sighting conditions. This dataset is from the left side sightings data. The right side sightings data are available on OBIS-SEAMAP in the Virginia CZM Wind Energy Area Survey- Right side - November 2012 through April 2014 dataset.
The effort data layer, for this project is static transect lines. The plane track lines are available by request.
Off-effort sightings were removed from this dataset.

Biology > Mammals, Biology > Reptiles
Marine, ANW, USA, Virginia, Cetacea, Cheloniidae Oppel, 1811,

Geographical coverage
ANW, USA, Virginia [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
26 November 2012 - 25 April 2014

Taxonomic coverage
Cetacea [WoRMS]
Cheloniidae Oppel, 1811 [WoRMS]

Animal sightings, Occurrence of biota

Duke University; Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences; Marine Laboratory, more
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, moredata creator

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OBIS-SEAMAP: Spatial Ecological Analysis of Megavertebrate Populations, more

Based on this dataset
(2014). Documenting whale migration off Virginia’s coast. Virginia Coastal Zone management program/Virginia Aquarium/NOAA: Virginia. [no pag.] pp., more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2015-03-25
Information last updated: 2015-03-25
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