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Description
This 2003 eastern tropical Pacific cetacean line-transect survey was part of the Stenella Abundance Research Project (STAR), a multi-year cetacean and ecosystem assessment study designed to assess the status of dolphin stocks which have been taken as incidental catch by the yellowfin tuna purse-seine fishery in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. This survey was conducted by the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center aboard NOAA ships David Starr Jordan and McArthur II for a combined total of approximately 26,000 kilometers surveyed from late July to early December 2003. This dataset provides the time-date and geographical coordinates, by species/stock, of all cetaceans detected during the survey, as well as the daily and intra-daily start and end points of the line-transect survey by the NOAA Ship David Starr Jordan. more

The primary purpose of the survey was to collect information necessary to estimate abundance of dolphin stocks in the eastern tropical Pacific that are taken as bycatch in the yellowfin tuna purse seine fishery.

This dataset is supplemental to the following datasets: SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, MOPS 1986, Cruise 989 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, MOPS 1986, Cruise 990 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, MOPS 1987, Cruise 1080 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, MOPS 1987, Cruise 1081 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, MOPS 1988, Cruise 1164 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, MOPS 1988, Cruise 1165 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, MOPS 1989, Cruise 1267 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, MOPS 1989, Cruise 1268 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, MOPS 1990, Cruise 1369 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, MOPS 1990, Cruise 1370 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, STAR 1998, Cruise 1610 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, STAR 1998, Cruise 1611 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, STAR 1998, Cruise 1612 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, STAR 1999, Cruise 1613 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, STAR 1999, Cruise 1614 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, STAR 2000, Cruise 1615 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, STAR 2000, Cruise 1616 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, STAR 2003, Cruise 1623 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, STAR 2006, Cruise 1630 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, STAR 2006, Cruise 1631 SWFSC Marine Mammal Survey, STAR-LITE 2007, Cruise 1634

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Mammals
Keywords:
Marine, IS, Eastern Tropical Pacific, Cetacea

Geographical coverage
IS, Eastern Tropical Pacific [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
3 December 2013 - 27 February 2014

Taxonomic coverage
Cetacea [WoRMS]

Parameter
Occurrence of biota

Contributors
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Fisheries Service; Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC), moredata creator

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

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2015-04-13
Information last updated: 2015-10-19
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