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SEAMAP 2011 Spring Plankton Survey (CU1101, EK60)
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            title:  SEAMAP 2011 Spring Plankton Survey (CU1101, EK60)
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                date:  2011-05-02
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                  Anchor:  DOI doi:10.7289/V51R6NJ9
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        abstract:  The primary survey objective was to assess the occurrence, abundance and geographical distribution of the early life stages of spring spawning fishes, especially bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus), from the continental shelf edge to deep Gulf waters using a bongo frame fitted with 0.335 mm nets and a neuston frame fitted with a 0.950 mm net at selected SEAMAP stations in support of annual stock assessments. An additional neuston frame fitted with a 0.505 mm net and a flowmeter was fished subsurface at all stations.Sampling was also conducted to describe the pelagic habitat of fish larvae through measurements of various physical and biological parameters including salinity, fluorescence, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and chlorophyll. The distribution of fish eggs along the cruise track was sampled using a Continuous Underway Fish Egg Sampler (CUFES) and vertical distribution of fish larvae were estimated by sampling discrete depths using a 1 m Multiple Opening/Closing Net and Environmental Sensing System (MOCNESS) with 0.505 mm nets.
        purpose:  The SEAMAP spring plankton survey collects samples from a systematic grid of stations to assess distribution, occurrence and abundance ofthe early life stages of a variety of species of fishes and invertebrates. The survey specifically targets larval bluefin tuna.
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            keyword:  Earth Science > Oceans > Ocean Acoustics > Acoustic Scattering
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            otherConstraints:  Cite as: Southeast Fisheries Science Center (2011): Water Column Sonar Data Collection (GU1101, EK60). National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V51R6NJ9 [access date]
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            otherConstraints:  Distribution liability: NOAA and NCEI make no warranty, expressed or implied, regarding these data, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty. NOAA and NCEI cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in these data. If appropriate, NCEI can only certify that the data it distributes are an authentic copy of the records that were accepted for inclusion in the NCEI archives.
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            useLimitation:  These data are considered raw and have not been subjected to the NOAA's quality control or quality assurance procedures. They are released for limited public use as preliminary data to be used only with appropriate caution. NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
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                    beginPosition:  2011-05-02T17:42:50
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                            city:  Horten
                            postalCode:  3191
                            country:  Norway
                            electronicMailAddress:  contact@simrad.com
                        onlineResource:  (CI_OnlineResource)
                            linkage: http://www.simrad.com/www/01/nokbg0240.nsf/AllWeb/A25148D8E9F00D0DC12570DE0050A7CB?OpenDocument
                            name:  Simrad EK60 Scientific echo sounder
                            description:  Information on the Simrad EK60 including file format documentation.
                            function:  (CI_OnLineFunctionCode) information
                    role:  (CI_RoleCode) resourceProvider
            identifier:  (MD_Identifier)
                code:  Simrad EK60
            type:  singlebeam
            description:  The Simrad EK60 Scientific Sounder system is a new generation fishery researchtool, based on experience from the EK500. The new electronic hardware is combined with up to date PC processing and Windows operation. The EK60 provides facilities for accurate echo sounding, data storage, data analysis and reporting results. The system communication is through Ethernet, which gives flexibility in the location of the EK60 system units and allows easy access to data from other instruments or stations on a vessel network. A post processing software, BI60, is also included in the EK60 system.
        operation:  (MI_Operation)
            identifier:  (MD_Identifier)
                code:  GU1101_EK60
            status:  (MD_ProgressCode) completed
            parentOperation: (inapplicable)
        platform:  (MI_Platform)
            citation:  (CI_Citation)
                title:  NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter
                alternateTitle:  Gunter
                date:  (CI_Date)
                    date:  2013-04-09
                    dateType:  (CI_DateTypeCode) creation
            identifier:  (MD_Identifier)
                code:  Gordon Gunter (GU)
            description:  The NOAA Ship Gordon Gunter primarily serves the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), assisting NMFS in accomplishing its responsibilities for conserving and managing our Nation's living marine resources. The ship's homeport is located at the NMFS Pascagoula Laboratory in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The Gordon Gunter operates primarily in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean, and Caribbean Sea. The ship conducts scientific surveys of the health and abundance of fishery resources and marine mammals. The vessel is operated by NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations.
            instrument: (unknown)