Habitat Areas of Particular Concern

Metadata:


Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Habitat Conservation
Publication_Date:
2010
Title:
Habitat Areas of Particular Concern
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form:
vector digital data
Online_Linkage:
http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/protection/efh/habitatmapper.html
Online_Linkage:
http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/protection/efh/newInv/index.html
Description:
Abstract:
The purpose of HAPCs is to focus conservation, management, and research efforts on subsets of EFH that are vulnerable to degradation or are especially important ecologically for federally managed fish. The HAPC designation alone does not confer additional protection or restrictions to an area, but helps to focus EFH conservation, management, and research priorities. HAPC designation is a valuable way to acknowledge areas where we have detailed information on ecological function and habitat vulnerability, indicating a greater need for conservation and management. In some instances the Councils and NMFS may develop fishery management measures to conserve the habitat within the HAPC.HAPCs are a subset of EFH that deserve special attention because they provide extremely important ecological functions and/or are especially vulnerable to degradation. For instance, HAPC designation may be warranted for areas that play a vital role in the reproductive cycle of a managed species (e.g., grouper spawning sites) or areas that contain a rare habitat type (e.g., corals) that may be sensitive to disturbance from fishing or other human activities.Councils may designate an area as a HAPC for one or more of the following reasons:The habitat provides important ecological functionsThe habitat is sensitive to human-induced environmental degradationDevelopment activities are, or will be, stressing the habitatThe habitat type is rare.
Purpose:
The purpose of this dataset was to combine the individual HAPC feature classes from each region into one standardized and uniform dataset with proper metadata. A new set of attributes was created to store a common set of attributes with the most simplified information and provide linkages back to the original source documents.
Supplemental_Information:
Each original dataset was created using its own methodology, with its own data structure, over a period of various date ranges, and may or may not have included metadata. Each council made its own determination about how to classify and protect essential fish habitat of which a HAPC is a subset: for a specific species, a group of species, a specific habitat type or a group of habitat types. For further information about specific features please contact the creator of that dataset. See the source section for contact information. EFH and HAPC designations do not need to be codified into law and published in the Federal Register. Many of the HAPC or EFH boundaries are not published anywhere in the Federal Register but can be found it the Fishery Management Plans.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date:
1998
Ending_Date:
2009
Currentness_Reference:
publication date
Status:
Progress:
Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency:
As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate:
-180.000000
East_Bounding_Coordinate:
180.000000
North_Bounding_Coordinate:
58.456945
South_Bounding_Coordinate:
17.630033
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus:
ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword:
boundaries
Theme_Keyword:
location
Theme_Keyword:
oceans
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
CIESIN Indexing Vocabulary
Place_Keyword:
Caribbean Sea
Place_Keyword:
Atlantic Ocean
Place_Keyword:
Pacific Ocean
Place_Keyword:
Gulf of Mexico
Access_Constraints:
These data are publicly accessible and downloadable via http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/protection/efh/newInv/index.html. Look under "Information & GIS Download" tabs.
Use_Constraints:
Users are advised that the spatial representation of essential fish habitat is for informational purposes only and should not be solely relied on for regulatory purposes. Implementing regulations [50 CFR 600.815(a)(1)(iv)(B)] specify if there are differences between the descriptions of EFH in text and maps the textual description is ultimately determinative of the limits of EFH as described in the Amendment.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:
NOAA Fisheries Headquarters
Contact_Address:
Address_Type:
mailing and physical
Address:
1315 East-West Hwy
City:
Silver Spring
State_or_Province:
Maryland
Postal_Code:
20910
Contact_Voice_Telephone:
301-427-8643
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address:
EFH.Mapper@noaa.gov
Data_Set_Credit:
NOAA Fisheries: Northeast Regional Office, Southeast Regional Office, Southwest Regional Office, Northwest Regional Office, Alaska Regional Office, Pacific Regional Office; Fishery Management Councils: New England, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific, North Pacific, Western Pacific; NOAA Fisheries Science Centers: Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, Northwest, Pacific Islands, Alaska; Highly Migratory Species Division (headquarters); Habitat Protection Division (headquarters).
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 3; ESRI ArcGIS 10.0.2.3200
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Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
All attributes compiled from the published Code of Regulations (Federal Register) were copied/pasted from the PDF version of these documents. Hyperlinks to these documents were verified. Other attributes were checked for consistency and accuracy.
Logical_Consistency_Report:
The shapes used were not recreated and are presented in their original form as provided from the contributing agencies.
Completeness_Report:
This data set is considered complete as of August 2011.
Lineage:
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Habitat Protection Division (HPD), Office of Habitat Conservation (OHC),
Originator:
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS),
Originator:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).
Publication_Date:
2010
Title:
Various HAPC datasets
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form:
vector digital data
Online_Linkage:
http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/protection/efh/newInv/index.html
Type_of_Source_Media:
featureclass
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date:
2010
Source_Currentness_Reference:
publication date
Source_Citation_Abbreviation:
Source 1
Source_Contribution:
Final dataset
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
A new feature class was created with attributes. Features from the original datasets were copied into this feature class and the attributes were coded with the appropriate values
Process_Date:
2010
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:
Habitat Protection Division (HPD), Office of Habitat Conservation (OHC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).
Contact_Address:
Address_Type:
mailing and physical
Address:
1315 East West Hwy
City:
Silver Spring
State_or_Province:
Maryland
Postal_Code:
20910
Contact_Voice_Telephone:
301-427-8643
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Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method:
Vector
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
SDTS_Terms_Description:
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type:
GT-polygon composed of chains
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count:
162
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Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Geographic:
Latitude_Resolution:
8.9831528411952133e-009
Longitude_Resolution:
8.9831528411952133e-009
Geographic_Coordinate_Units:
Decimal minutes
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name:
D WGS 1984
Ellipsoid_Name:
WGS 1984
Semi-major_Axis:
6378137.0
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio:
298.257223563
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Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label:
HAPC
Entity_Type_Definition:
In ArcGIS, a collection of geographic features with the same geometry type (such as point, line, or polygon), the same attributes, and the same spatial reference.
Entity_Type_Definition_Source:
ESRI GIS Dictionary
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
OBJECTID
Attribute_Definition:
Internal feature number.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
Shape
Attribute_Definition:
Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
Species
Attribute_Definition:
The name of the species
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Fishery Management Plan
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
While there is currently a set list of values this could change with the addition or removal of features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
Habitat
Attribute_Definition:
The type of habitat
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Fishery Management Plan
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
While there is currently a set list of values this could change with the addition or removal of features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
HAPC_Sitename
Attribute_Definition:
The name of the HAPC site
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Fishery Management Plan
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
While there is currently a set list of values this could change with the addition or removal of features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
FisheryManagementPlan
Attribute_Definition:
The name of the Fishery Management Plan and/or amendment
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Regional Office
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
While there is currently a set list of values this could change with the addition or removal of features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
LinkToFMP
Attribute_Definition:
Hyperlink to Fishery Management Plan
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Regional Office
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
While there is currently a set list of values this could change with the addition or removal of features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
CodeOfFederalRegulations
Attribute_Definition:
The title from the Code of Federal Regulations
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Regional Office
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
While there is currently a set list of values this could change with the addition or removal of features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
PublicationDate
Attribute_Definition:
The date that the implementing regulations for the fishery management action were published in the Federal Register
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Federal Register
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
While there is currently a set list of values this could change with the addition or removal of features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
LinkToRegulations
Attribute_Definition:
A hyperlink to the implementing regulations on the Federal Register website
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Federal Register
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Hyperlinks to other websites may change over time.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
FisheryManagementPlan_2
Attribute_Definition:
The name of the Fishery Management Plan and/or amendment
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Regional Office
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
While there is currently a set list of values this could change with the addition or removal of features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
LinkToFMP_2
Attribute_Definition:
Hyperlink to Fishery Management Plan
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Regional Office
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Hyperlinks to other websites may change over time.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
FisheryManagementPlan_3
Attribute_Definition:
The name of the Fishery Management Plan and/or amendment
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Regional Office
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
While there is currently a set list of values this could change with the addition or removal of features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
LinkToFMP_3
Attribute_Definition:
Hyperlink to Fishery Management Plan
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Regional Office
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Hyperlinks to other websites may change over time.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
FisheryManagementPlan_4
Attribute_Definition:
The name of the Fishery Management Plan and/or amendment
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Regional Office
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
While there is currently a set list of values this could change with the addition or removal of features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
LinkToFMP_4
Attribute_Definition:
Hyperlink to Fishery Management Plan
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Regional Office
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Hyperlinks to other websites may change over time.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
FisheryManagementPlan_5
Attribute_Definition:
The name of the Fishery Management Plan and/or amendment
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Regional Office
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
While there is currently a set list of values this could change with the addition or removal of features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
LinkToFMP_5
Attribute_Definition:
Hyperlink to Fishery Management Plan
Attribute_Definition_Source:
Regional Office
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Hyperlinks to other websites may change over time.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
FisheryManagementCouncil
Attribute_Definition:
The name of the Fishery Management Council that developed the associated Fishery Management Plan
Attribute_Definition_Source:
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value:
NEFMC
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
New England Fishery Management Council
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source:
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Enumerated_Domain_Value:
MAFMC
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source:
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Enumerated_Domain_Value:
SAFMC
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source:
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Enumerated_Domain_Value:
GFMC
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source:
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Enumerated_Domain_Value:
CFMC
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
Caribbean Fishery Management Council
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source:
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Enumerated_Domain_Value:
PFMC
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
Pacific Fishery Management Council
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source:
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Enumerated_Domain_Value:
NPFMC
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:
North Pacific Fishery Management Council
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source:
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
Shape_Length
Attribute_Definition:
Length of feature in internal units.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Positive real numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label:
Shape_Area
Attribute_Definition:
Area of feature in internal units squared.
Attribute_Definition_Source:
ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Positive real numbers that are automatically generated.
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Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:
Habitat Protection Division (HPD), Office of Habitat Conservation (OHC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).
Contact_Address:
Address_Type:
mailing and physical
Address:
1315 East West Hwy
City:
Silver Spring
State_or_Province:
Maryland
Postal_Code:
20910
Contact_Voice_Telephone:
301-427-8643
Resource_Description:
Downloadable Data
Distribution_Liability:
See access and use constraints information.
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date:
20141117
Metadata_Future_Review_Date:
20151117
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization:
Habitat Protection Division (HPD), Office of Habitat Conservation (OHC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).
Contact_Address:
Address_Type:
mailing and physical
Address:
1315 East West Hwy
City:
Silver Spring
State_or_Province:
Maryland
Postal_Code:
20910
Contact_Voice_Telephone:
301-427-8643
Metadata_Standard_Name:
FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version:
FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention:
local time
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