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Enhanced Biological Sampling Data

Metadata Updated: November 10, 2023

This is a database of a variety of biological, reproductive, and energetic data collected from fish on the continental shelf in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. Species sampled in this database thus far include winter flounder, yellowtail flounder, summer flounder, haddock, cusk, Atlantic wolffish, and Atlantic herring. Data are collected from fish provided principally from fishermen participating in the NECRP Study Fleet. Some fish are taken from other NECRP research studies, and a small number from NEFSC surveys and surveys by MADMF and URI GSO. The catch location data is provided in views from the relevant FVTR, SVDBS, or other tables for a few cooperative research or external programs. The biological data includes general physical data (weights, lengths, organ weights, macroscopic maturity stage), age data, and other reproductive data. Measures collected from preserved gonad samples includes data for estimation of fish fecundity (oocyte counts and diameters) and from grading gonad histology for determination of maturity and seasonal reproductive status. In addition, relative measures of energetic condition are collected (including tissue wet weight and dry weights and bioimpedance data), and for some fish food habits data were collected in the first 18 months of data collection.

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Metadata Date September 28, 2023
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2023
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Frequency Of Update continual

Metadata Source

Harvested from NMFS NEFSC

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date September 28, 2023
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2023
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Responsible Party (Point of Contact, Custodian)
Contact Email
Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:26273
Access Constraints Cite As: Northeast Fisheries Science Center, [Date of Access]: Enhanced Biological Sampling Data [Data Date Range],, Access Constraints: Most of the fish capture locations come from the fishermen's commercial fishing locations and are imported from FVTR tables. These locations are protected proprietary information of the fishermen. Access is constrained by the same policies as all the FVTR data at the NEFSC. NEFSC Data Access Constraint: 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: It is highly recommended that any users of this data consult with the POC of this data set prior to use for a better understanding of the data and its limitations.
Bbox East Long -66.680077
Bbox North Lat 43.254015
Bbox South Lat 39.997518
Bbox West Long -71.81315
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update continual
Harvest Object Id 4bf103c4-1100-484b-a226-b7983807c655
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 Fish samples are collected by cooperative research programs. Data were initially collected for the first 6 months of this program by hand on data sheets. The application express (APEX) form and oracle database were developed specifically for this project and began use in July 2010. Development of the software particular to the unique data for this project continues. Some tables are still in the developmental stage for some of the more unusual data types, and data is only partially loaded into Oracle tables.
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
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Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2008-08-01

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