Stellwagen Shearwater Tagging 2018

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Dataset credit

Data provider
Originating data center
Satellite Tracking and Analysis Tool (STAT)
Project partner
Dr. David Wiley, PI, Research Coordinator, NOAA, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Linda Welch and Christa DeRaspe US Fish and Wildlife Service Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Andrew Allyn, a PhD candidate,University of Massachusetts in Amherst
Dr. Robert Ronconi, Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Biology, Acadia University,
Dr. Les Kaufman, Dept. of Biology, Boston University.
Dr. Kent Hatch, Long Island University
Kevin Powers, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Project sponsor or sponsor description
The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary stretches between Cape Ann and Cape Cod at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay in the southwestern corner of the Gulf of Maine (GoM). Nearly the size of the state of Rhode Island and located wholly within federal waters, sanctuary boundaries include the submerged lands of Stellwagen Bank, all of Tillies Bank and Basin, and the southern portions of Jeffrey’s Ledge. The sanctuary protects 842 square miles (638 square nautical miles) of open ocean, overlaying a diverse seafloor topography and array of benthic and pelagic habitats that support biological communities broadly representative of the GoM. The sanctuary’s mission is to conserve, protect and enhance the biological diversity, ecological integrity and cultural legacy of the sanctuary while facilitating uses that are compatible with the primary goal of resource protection. When Congress designated the sanctuary in 1992, it did so to recognize the nationally significant conservation and aesthetic qualities of the site. Congress directed that the sanctuary be managed to maintain the habitats and ecological services of the natural assemblage of living resources of the area, as well as its maritime heritage resources. The Stellwagen Bank sanctuary is the only federal entity to conserve biological diversity and protect maritime heritage resources in the offshore waters of the GoM.


Primary contact Stellwagen Sanctuary Stellwagen
Data entry Michael Coyne



This project investigates the movements of Great Shearwaters in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and the Gulf of Maine relative to prey abundance/distribution and environmental variables. Funding provided by the Volgenau Foundation, Davis Foundation and Mudge Foundation. Birds were named for the funding foundations (Volgenau, Davis and Mudge) or for National Parks in honor of the National Parks Service's 100 year anniversary as follows: Acadia, Denali, Everglades, Glacier, Mount Rainier, Yellowstone, and Yosemite.



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Attributes in dataset

Attribute (table column)Description
prognumProgram number
tag_idPTT ID
lcLocation class
iqQuality indicator
dir1Dir 1
nb_mesNumber of messages received
big_nb_mesdefinition not provided
best_levelBest signal strength in dB
pass_durationPass duration in seconds
nopcNumber Of Plausibility Checks successful (from 0-4)
calcul_freqCalculated frequency
altitudeAltitude used for location calculation
speciesSpecies name
project_idSTAT Project ID
lc_filterParameters to location filtering
speed_filterParameters to speed filtering
distance_filterParameters to distance filtering
topo_filterParameters to topo filtering
time_filterParameters to time filtering
angle_filterParameters to angle filtering
life_stageLife stage of the animal
genderGender of the animal
wetdryWet or dry
wetdry_filterParameters to Wet or dry filterint
obs_datetimeDate and time (local time zone)
timezone_hTime difference from UTC
Marine mammals0
Sea turtles0
Rays and sharks0
Other species0
Non spatial0
Non species0
Date, Begin2018-07-09
Date, End2023-11-02
Temporal prec.111111
Latitude-54.63 - 62.71
Longitude-94.61 - 90.38
Coord. prec.3 decimal digits
Data typeTelemetry location
TracklinesYES (ID: 992)
Traveled (km)867,975
Travel hours422,443
Contr. throughSatellite Tracking and Analysis Tool
Sharing policy Permission required
Shared with SWOT
GBIF (via DOI)*
* Aggregated summary
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