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Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Survey

Metadata Updated: March 8, 2024

The standardized NEFSC Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Survey has covered an area from Cape Hatteras to Georges Bank. The survey was conducted every two or three years and currently, a subset of the survey area is completed annually, with the entire survey area completed every three years. The dredge had been operated in a consistent fashion using the same survey protocols and gear from 1982 until 2011. In 2012, the platform was changed to an industry vessel, which resulted in a gear change from a 5' hydraulic dredge to a 13' commercial style hydraulic dredge. Five-minute tows are made at stations that are randomly selected to provide unbiased abundance measurements. Station data includes: shipboard sensors, including ship speed and position, dredge angle, voltage and amperage of electrical current that powers the pump on the dredge (through 2011), manifold pressure, water depth and temperature. Biological data includes: catch weight, catch number, lengths, weights, and meat weights.

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Metadata Date February 29, 2024
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date March 8, 2024
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

Metadata Source

Harvested from NMFS NEFSC

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date February 29, 2024
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date March 8, 2024
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Responsible Party (Point of Contact, Custodian)
Contact Email
Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:22565
Access Constraints Cite As: Northeast Fisheries Science Center, [Date of Access]: Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Survey [Data Date Range],, Access Constraints: If data is stored on an internal NEFSC network, the requester may not have direct access to query the data unless they are also authorized for network access., Use Constraints: User must read and fully comprehend the metadata prior to use. Applications or inferences derived from the data should be carefully considered for accuracy. Acknowledgement of NOAA/NMFS/NEFSC, as the source from which these data were obtained in any publications and/or other representations of these, data is suggested.
Bbox East Long -66.45
Bbox North Lat 44.583333
Bbox South Lat 35.51
Bbox West Long -75.95
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update asNeeded
Harvest Object Id 393bef7c-1ae7-431e-98f3-b4618e97a529
Harvest Source Id 523189fa-8edc-48e1-9ec5-f571e7dd923c
Harvest Source Title NMFS NEFSC
Licence NOAA provides no warranty, nor accepts any liability occurring from any incomplete, incorrect, or misleading data, or from any incorrect, incomplete, or misleading use of the data. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether or not the data is suitable for the intended purpose.
Lineage Vessel sensor data are collected electronically using SCS. Station, catch and biological data were collected manually using paper logs until 2001. At the completion of each cruise leg, the logs were keypunched and data audited extensively prior to being released. Starting with year 2002, FSCS 1.0 was implemented to electronically capture station, catch and biological data. Data were subject to extensive audits prior to being released.
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
Old Spatial {"type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [[[-75.95, 35.51], [-66.45, 35.51], [-66.45, 44.583333], [-75.95, 44.583333], [-75.95, 35.51]]]}
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1982-07-26

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