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Congressional Supplemental Reef Fish Vertical Line Survey (2011)

Metadata Updated: April 1, 2024

The Southeast Fisheries Science Center Mississippi Laboratories conducts standardized fisheries independent resource surveys in the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and U.S. Caribbean to provide abundance and distribution information to support regional and international stock assessments. The congressional supplemental sampling program (CSSP) was started in 2011 with the intent to provide additional information on key fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), create a truly synoptic survey, increase precision of relative abundance estimates, and to evaluate selectivity issues between gears and hook sizes. The survey was conducted on the continental shelf of the northern Gulf of Mexico from Brownsville, Texas to the southwest coast of Florida from April 7 – October 25, 2011. Contract vessels provided captains and deck-crew, while the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) provided scientific crew. Two longline and one vertical line vessel sampled east GOM sites while two longline and one vertical line vessel simultaneously sampled west GOM sites. Vessels were deployed as close in time as possible to ensure temporal overlap and to provide as synoptic a GOM-wide data set as possible. Randomly selected stations are restricted from being chosen within the boundaries of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (Stetson Bank, West Flower Garden Bank and East Flower Garden Bank), the Madison-Swanson and Steamboat Lumps marine protected areas, the Florida Middle Grounds, within 1 nautical mile (nm) of oil and gas platform structures, and within 1 nm of any other station in the stratum. All gear deployments were monitored using a shipboard SCS/FSCS computer system operated with weatherproof laptop computers with touch screen options. SCS/FSCS software will allow the acquisition of data to describe set and haul-back events (GMT time/date stamp, position and any other connected ship sensors). Environmental data was collected using a Seabird CTD profiler during fishing gear soaks to obtain temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen profiles. Set and catch data were ingested into an Oracle data set and stored as a relational data set.

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Metadata Date February 29, 2024
Metadata Created Date June 2, 2022
Metadata Updated Date April 1, 2024
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Metadata Date February 29, 2024
Metadata Created Date June 2, 2022
Metadata Updated Date April 1, 2024
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Access Constraints Cite As: Southeast Fisheries Science Center, [Date of Access]: Congressional Supplemental Reef Fish Vertical Line Survey (2011) [Data Date Range],, Access Constraints: There are not restrictions or legal prerequisites for accessing this data., Use Constraints: NOAA NMFS does not approve, recommend, or endorse any proprietary product or proprietary material mentioned in this publication. No reference shall be made to NMFS, or to this publication furnished by NMFS, in any advertising or sales promotion which would indicate or imply that NMFS approves, recommends, or endorses any proprietary product or proprietary material mentioned herein or which has as its purpose any intent to cause directly or indirectly the advertised product to be used or purchased because of this NMFS publication. NMFS is not responsible for any uses of these datasets beyond those for which they were intended, and NMFS makes no claims regarding the accuracy of any data provided by agencies or individuals outside NMFS. Acknowledgement of NOAA NMFS and SEAMAP would be appreciated in products derived or publications generated from this data.
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Lineage Reef fish were sampled using bandit gear. Captured fish were identified, counted and weighed. Otoliths and gonads were removed for aging and reproductive studies. Data were reviewed for accuracy by chief scientists and recorded into a shipboard data collection system.
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