Bureau of Rural Sciences, Commercial Fisheries Presence, Australia, 2000-2002

CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

Dataset credit

OBIS and OBIS Australia


Primary contact CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Information and Data Centre
Secondary contact James Larcombe Bureau of Rural Sciences


Bureau of Rural Sciences - National commercial fisheries half-degree data set 2000-2002
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. 2020. Bureau of Rural Sciences, Commercial Fisheries Presence, Australia, 2000-2002. Data downloaded from OBIS-SEAMAP (http://seamap.env.duke.edu/dataset/103152559) on yyyy-mm-dd and originated from OBIS (https://obis.org/dataset/d13ec1f1-d82a-4cdb-92e9-3f2144bf7a2e)


Australian national commercial fisheries presence data summarized by half-degree square, year (2000-2002) and species name. Cells with less than 5 boats represented are excluded, as are commercial "taxa" which represent multiple or otherwise unidentified species. The dataset contains 60,445 records representing 390 separate species. The data were assembled by the former Bureau of Rural Sciences (BRS) which is now a part of the Australian Department of Agriculture.
Additional summary information including catch weights and gross value product per species per square per year is available (part of the former "Atlas of Australian Marine Fishing and Coastal Communities"), please contact the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources for access at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/general-inquiries



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.
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Bureau of Rural Sciences - National commercial fisheries half-degree data set 2000-2002



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
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)
Marine mammals0
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks5,439
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2000-01-01
Date, End2002-01-01
Temporal prec.100000
Latitude-44.25 - -11.75
Longitude106.25 - 167.75
Coord. prec.6 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
Traveled (km)0
Contr. throughiOBIS
Sharing policy CC-BY (All)
Shared with None
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