University of New Brunswick: Harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) abundance, distribution, and behaviour in the Saint John Harbour as observed between April-August in 1999 and 2000

Constance Lynn Browne, University of New Brunswick Saint John Campus - Department of Biology

Dataset credit

OBIS and OBIS Canada

Contacts

RoleNameOrganization 
Primary contact Constance Lynn Browne University of New Brunswick Saint John Campus - Department of Biology

Citation

Browne C L (2019): University of New Brunswick: Harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) abundance, distribution, and behaviour in the Saint John Harbour as observed between April-August in 1999 and 2000. v1.3. Canadian node of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS Canada). Dataset/Occurrence. http://ipt.iobis.org/obiscanada/resource?r=browncl_unb_honours2001&v=1.3
Browne, C. 2020. University of New Brunswick: Harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) abundance, distribution, and behaviour in the Saint John Harbour as observed between April-August in 1999 and 2000. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/103152357) on yyyy-mm-dd and originated from OBIS (https://obis.org/dataset/108c84f3-ea9f-47cd-82c1-6b89ea9b292c)

Abstract

Harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) abundance, distribution, and behaviours were examined in the Saint John harbour, Saint John, New Brunswick as part of a UNB Department of Biology honours project (Browne, 2001).
The study was conducted from May-August in 1999 and April-August in 2000. Seal counts in the water were made with respect to tide, time of day and season, human activities and disturbances.
Seal counts were compared to peaks in fish runs of gaspereau (Alosa pseudoharengus) and Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). Fishers of the Saint John harbour were interviewed to document interactions between seals and fisheries.
Seal observations recorded as part of this thesis project (Browne, 2001) were rescued and reformatted as part of an Atlantic Ecosystem Initiative activity.
This version of the resource contains observations of the harbour seals - associated information on behaviour and occurrence of grey seals and gaspereau is not included in this version.

Purpose

N/A

Supplemental information

This dataset was downloaded from OBIS (https://obis.org/). The records for only marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles and rays and sharks were extracted. Records with no longitude/latitude or no date (eventDate) were excluded.
OBIS dataset page:
https://obis.org/dataset/108c84f3-ea9f-47cd-82c1-6b89ea9b292c
Data Provider's dataset page:
http://ipt.iobis.org/obiscanada/resource?r=browncl_unb_honours2001

References

Browne C L (2019): University of New Brunswick: Harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) abundance, distribution, and behaviour in the Saint John Harbour as observed between April-August in 1999 and 2000. v1.3. Canadian node of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS Canada). Dataset/Occurrence. http://ipt.iobis.org/obiscanada/resource?r=browncl_unb_honours2001&v=1.3
Browne, C. 2020. University of New Brunswick: Harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) abundance, distribution, and behaviour in the Saint John Harbour as observed between April-August in 1999 and 2000. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/103152357) on yyyy-mm-dd and originated from OBIS (https://obis.org/dataset/108c84f3-ea9f-47cd-82c1-6b89ea9b292c)

Attributes

Overview

This section explains attributes included in the original dataset. OBIS-SEAMAP restricts the attributes available to the public to date/time, lat/lon and species names/counts only. Should you need other attributes described here, you are encouraged to contact the data provider.

Attributes described below represent those in the original dataset provided by the provider.
All attributes are included in the downloadable file (CSV or ESRI File Geodatabase) for "Complete Set of Dataset".

Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
oidInternal ID
idRecord ID
dataset_idDataset ID
scientificnameScientific name
vernacularnameVernacular name
aphiaidAphia ID
taxonranktaxononic rank
individualcountGroup size / individual count
eventdateEvent date (precision varies)
eventtimeEvent time
decimallatitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
decimallongitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
coordinateprecisionCoordinate precision
catalognumberCatalog number
collectioncodeCollection code
occurrencestatusOccurrence status
basisofrecordBasis of record (HumanObservation / MachineObservation)
modifiedDate/time the record was modified
node_idNode ID
occurrenceidOccurrence ID
occurrenceremarksOccurrence remarks
eventidEvent ID
institutioncodeInstitution code
lifestageLife stage
sexGender of the animal if known
speciesSpecies by provider
datasetidDataset ID by provider
countryCountry
localityLocation of ocean
waterbodyDetails of ocean
droppedFlag indicating the record was dropped (always false)
absenceFlag indicating the record represents the absence of the species (always false)
marineFlag indicating the record is for marine life (always true)
OBIS-SEAMAP ID103152357
Seabirds0
Marine mammals5,602
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Total5,602
Date, Begin1999-05-05
Date, End2000-08-30
Temporal prec.111000
Latitude45.26 - 45.27
Longitude-66.09 - -66.07
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
PlatformVarious
Data typeAnimal sighting
EffortN/A
Traveled (km)0
0
Contr. throughiOBIS
Registered2020-06-30
Updated2021-02-05
StatusPublished
Sharing policy CC-BY (All)
Also available in None
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