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Critical Habitat by NMFS

Metadata Updated: April 15, 2024

Critical habitat is habitat needed to support recovery of listed species. When a species is listed under the Endangered Species Act, NOAA Fisheries is required to determine whether there are areas that meet the definition of critical habitat. Once critical habitat is designated, other federal agencies consult with NOAA Fisheries to ensure actions they fund, authorize, or undertake are not likely to destroy or adversely modify the critical habitat.

Critical habitat is defined as: Specific areas within the geographical area occupied by the species at the time of listing that contain physical or biological features essential to conservation of the species and that may require special management considerations or protection; and

Specific areas outside the geographical area occupied by the species if the agency determines that the area itself is essential for conservation.

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Metadata Date February 29, 2024
Metadata Created Date July 7, 2022
Metadata Updated Date April 15, 2024
Reference Date(s) June 21, 2022 (publication)
Frequency Of Update notPlanned

Metadata Source

Harvested from NOS OCM

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date February 29, 2024
Metadata Created Date July 7, 2022
Metadata Updated Date April 15, 2024
Reference Date(s) June 21, 2022 (publication)
Responsible Party NOAA Office for Coastal Management (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:67427
Access Constraints Cite As: Office for Coastal Management, [Date of Access]: Critical Habitat by NMFS [Data Date Range],, Use Constraints: For coastal and ocean planning, Distribution Liability:
Bbox East Long 180
Bbox North Lat 74.75
Bbox South Lat -15
Bbox West Long -180
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update notPlanned
Harvest Object Id 21fcdeb0-5e79-4d76-bde2-3ad893227bb4
Harvest Source Id c0121fd9-df15-4168-ac04-42f6e36a794d
Harvest Source Title NOS OCM
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.
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
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Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System EPSG::4269
Spatial Harvester True

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