Sea Turtle Standings Florida

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Publication_Date: October, 2009
Title: Sea Turtle Standings Florida
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Description:
Abstract:
Coordinated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI), the Florida Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network (STSSN) is responsible for gathering standardized data on stranded marine turtles throughout the state. The Florida STSSN functions as a part of an eighteen state network led by NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). In Florida, strandings are documented by FWRI staff biologists and by a network of permitted participants located around the state. Live strandings are rescued and transported to properly permitted rehabilitation facilities. Data from strandings are collected on a standardized reporting form and include date, species, location, carapace length and width, carcass condition, carcass disposition, and information on anomalies (e.g., entanglement, propeller damage, fibropapillomas). Additionally, certain carcasses are regularly collected by FWRI staff for gross or detailed necropsy. Each week, FWRI reports Florida strandings to NMFS as a part of a management plan that is intended to reduce the incidental take of turtles in the shrimp fishery. FWRI also generates monthly and yearly stranding summary reports to monitor mortality and to detect and describe any unusual stranding events. Stranding data collected through the Florida STSSN have been used extensively in the identification of mortality factors and in the development of recovery actions (e.g., Turtle Excluder Device (TED) requirements, gill net regulations).
Purpose:
The purpose is to monitor marine turtle mortality and identify mortality factors in Florida by documenting stranded marine turtles.
Supplemental_Information:
A stranding is any dead sea turtle that is found floating or washed ashore. Strandings also include live turtles that are found with life-threatening problems (e.g., sick, injured, or entangled). The location of the stranding when first reported is the point location that appears in this database and may or may not be the location at the time of death. The following are not included in this database: strandings of sea turtles that were not identified to species, strandings where a latitude and longitude could not be determined, and strandings of captive-reared turtles. Turtles that are known to be captured incidental to some activity (i.e., commercial fisheries, research projects, power plant operations, etc.) are not included in this database. Stranding data are often used to monitor mortality rates and may sometimes be used as an indicator of the relative distributions and abundances of different species and sizes of sea turtles. However, there are several considerations to keep in mind when using stranding data for these purposes. 1) Not all turtles that die are discovered, reported, and documented by the STSSN. A majority of dead turtles probably do not wash ashore. Of those that do wash ashore, many may become hidden in mangroves or other vegetation, and some that strand on open, sandy beaches may still go unreported. Therefore, sea turtle stranding data represent only a subset of all dead turtles. 2) Decreases or increases in stranding numbers may not be due to decreases or increases in mortality rates. For example, mortality rates may remain unchanged but decreases or increases in local turtle populations may result in changes in the number of strandings. 3) Carcasses and debilitated turtles may drift hundreds of kilometers before being documented as a stranding. Turtles may strand on beaches adjacent to well-used in-water habitats, but they may also strand along areas where they do not normally occur.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 1986
Ending_Date: 2006
Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: Annually
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -87.512896
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -78.880216
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 30.731435
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 23.937775
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: FMRItheme
Theme_Keyword: turtles
Theme_Keyword: strandings
Theme_Keyword: threatened and endangered (turtles, whales, manatees, sturgeon)
Theme_Keyword: mortality
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: FMRIplace
Place_Keyword: Florida
Stratum:
Stratum_Keyword_Thesaurus: FMRIstratum
Stratum_Keyword: surface
Access_Constraints:
All data must be verified by Principle Investigator or Group Database Analyst prior to release
Use_Constraints:
All data must be credited to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Allen M. Foley, Ph D.
Contact_Organization:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Contact_Position: Wildlife Biologist, FL STSSN coordinator
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (904)573-3930
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: (904)573-4982
Hours_of_Service: 0800 - 1700 (ET), Monday - Friday
Data_Set_Credit:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's Marine Turtle Program; Florida Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network; National Marine Fisheries Service Office of Protected Species Management.
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 3; ESRI ArcCatalog 9.3.1.3000

Data_Quality_Information:
Lineage:

Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Vector
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:

Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Planar:
Planar_Coordinate_Information:
Planar_Coordinate_Encoding_Method: coordinate pair
Coordinate_Representation:
Abscissa_Resolution: 0.000128
Ordinate_Resolution: 0.000128
Planar_Distance_Units: meters
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: North American Datum of 1983
Ellipsoid_Name: Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257222
Vertical_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Altitude_System_Definition:
Altitude_Resolution: 1.000000
Altitude_Encoding_Method:
Explicit elevation coordinate included with horizontal coordinates

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: GIS.FWC.sea_turtle_stranding
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: CONDITION
Attribute_Definition: Condition of the stranded carcass upon discovery.
Attribute_Definition_Source: STSSN
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 0
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Alive
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: STSSN
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 1
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Fresh dead
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: STSSN
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 2
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Moderately decomposed
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: STSSN
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 3
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Severely decomposed
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: STSSN
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 4
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Dried carcass
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: STSSN
Enumerated_Domain:
Enumerated_Domain_Value: 5
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition: Skeleton, bones only
Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition_Source: STSSN
Unrepresentable_Domain: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SHAPE
Attribute_Definition: Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: LONG_
Attribute_Definition:
Longitude of the stranding event as originally reported in degrees and decimal minutes (DDMMmm).
Attribute_Definition_Source: STSSN
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute_Value_Accuracy_Information:
Attribute_Value_Accuracy: DDMM.mm
Attribute_Value_Accuracy_Explanation: 0.01 minutes
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: DDLAT
Attribute_Definition: Latitude of the stranding event in decimal degrees (DD.dddd).
Attribute_Definition_Source: STSSN
Attribute_Value_Accuracy_Information:
Attribute_Value_Accuracy: DD.dddd
Attribute_Value_Accuracy_Explanation: 0.0001 degrees
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: DDLONG
Attribute_Definition: Longitude of the stranding event in decimal degrees (DD.dddd).
Attribute_Definition_Source: STSSN
Attribute_Value_Accuracy_Information:
Attribute_Value_Accuracy: DD.dddd
Attribute_Value_Accuracy_Explanation: 0.0001 degrees
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: CWSL
Attribute_Definition: Carapace width, straight line (cm).
Attribute_Definition_Source: STSSN
Attribute_Value_Accuracy_Information:
Attribute_Value_Accuracy: 0.1
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: YEAR_
Attribute_Definition: Year of the stranding event
Attribute_Definition_Source: STSSN
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: MONTH_
Attribute_Definition: Month of the stranding event
Attribute_Definition_Source: STSSN
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Shape
Attribute_Definition: Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: STSSN_ID
Attribute_Definition:
Unique record identifier for each stranding event in the STSSN database
Attribute_Definition_Source: STSSN
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: LAT
Attribute_Definition:
Latitude of the stranding event as originally reported in degrees and decimal minutes (DDMMmm).
Attribute_Definition_Source: STSSN
Attribute_Value_Accuracy_Information:
Attribute_Value_Accuracy: DDMMmm
Attribute_Value_Accuracy_Explanation: 0.01 minutes
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: CLSL
Attribute_Definition: Carapace length, straight line (cm).
Attribute_Definition_Source: STSSN
Attribute_Value_Accuracy_Information:
Attribute_Value_Accuracy: 0.1
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: CLOC
Attribute_Definition: Carapace length, over curve (cm)
Attribute_Definition_Source: STSSN
Attribute_Value_Accuracy_Information:
Attribute_Value_Accuracy: 0.1
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: CWOC
Attribute_Definition: Carapace width, over curve (cm).
Attribute_Definition_Source: STSSN
Attribute_Value_Accuracy_Information:
Attribute_Value_Accuracy: 0.1
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: DAY_
Attribute_Definition: Day of the stranding event
Attribute_Definition_Source: STSSN
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: COMMONNAME
Attribute_Definition: Common name of the stranded species.
Attribute_Definition_Source: STSSN
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: COUNTYNAME
Attribute_Definition: Name of the county in which the stranding event occurred.
Attribute_Definition_Source: STSSN

Distribution_Information:
Resource_Description: Downloadable Data
Distribution_Liability:
These data are in the public domain, and the recipient may not assert any proprietary rights thereto nor represent them to anyone as other than a FWC-FWRI produced these data; they are provided "as-is" without warranty of any kind, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The user assumes all responsibility for the accuracy and suitability of these data for a specific application. In no event will the staff of the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute be liable for any damages, including lost profits, lost savings, or other incidental or consequential damages arising from the use of or the inability to use these data.
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Transfer_Size: 0.237
Custom_Order_Process: Contact FWC-FWRI, Marine Turtle Program with custom requests.

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20100922
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Robert Hardy
Contact_Organization:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Marine Turtle Program
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 100 Eighth Avenue Southeast
City: Saint Petersburg
State_or_Province: Florida
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: Pinellas
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (727)896-8626
Hours_of_Service: 0800 - 1700 (ET), Monday - Friday
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time

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