NEFSC 1995 pe9502

NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC)

Dataset credit

National Marine Fisheries Service


Primary contact Debi Palka NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Data entry Ei Fujioka Duke University



The cruise period was from 06 August - 07 September 1995. The area of operation was Georges Bank and waters east of Cape Cod.


The primary objectives of the survey were to: (1) conduct line-transect population surveys within the study area, and (2) investigate cetacean distribution on the southern portion of Georges Bank, principally between the 30 f isobath and 10 nm beyond the 1000 f curve. Secondary objectives included: (1) collecting information on the relationship cetaceans and oceanographic features, (2) the collection of CTD and zooplankton data, (3) conducting marine mammal photographic
identification studies using a rigid bottom inflatable boat and (4) collecting biopsy samples for stock identification and contaminant studies.

Supplemental information

In addition to the sighting data, effort data was recorded every half hour or whenever conditions change.
This dataset, therefore, should be used with the effort data.


David Potter, National Marine Fisheries Service. 1995. Marine Mammal Survey. Cruise report. PE 95-02.



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Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
datasetDataset name
linenoLine number
cruiseCruise number designated by NEFSC
dateDate when the record was recorded
timeTime of the observation (local time)
latitudeLatitude in decimal degrees
longitudeLongitude in decimal degrees
speciesCode of species sighted
commonSpecies common name.
tsnITIS Taxonomic Serial Number added by OBIS-SEAMAP
scientificSpecies scientific name
group_Group name the species belongs to
rankRank such as species, genus and family
herdsizeAn estimate of the number of individuals.
transectTransect no.
legLeg no.
excludedFor internal use
geomGeometry field added by OBIS-SEAMAP
oidUnique ID number (generated by OBIS-SEAMAP)
Marine mammals153
Sea turtles1
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin1995-08-09
Date, End1995-09-05
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude39.80 - 41.62
Longitude-69.76 - -65.92
Coord. prec.3 decimal digits
Data typeAnimal sighting
EffortYES (ID: 295)
Traveled (km)1,884
Effort hours110
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