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Larval fish dispersal in the Florida Current

Metadata Updated: April 1, 2024

Western boundary currents of the North Atlantic Ocean may transport larval fish considerable distances, resulting in unusual reports of tropical fish along the New England coast. The Florida Current is an example of such a strong current, flowing northward past the Florida Keys and along the eastern shore of Florida. Quarterly cruises across a 27N latitudinal transect of the Florida Current have been conducted since 2001 on the R/V F.G. Walton Smith, collecting physical oceanographic data in order to determine the total transport of water at this location. Biological sampling was added during the 10-11 September and 23-24 November 2009 cruises. This data complements the physical oceanographic findings so that the currents effect on larval distribution and seasonal variation can be assessed. Conductivity Temperature Depth (CTD) measurements and ichthyoplankton samples were collected at stations from the Florida Coast to Little Bahama Bank. Samples were collected at nine stations using ten-minute neuston tows with a 500 m mesh net. Each sample was sorted, fish were identified to the lowest taxonomic level possible, and their distribution at each station was determined. Larvae of over thirty families, including those ecologically and commercially valuable, such as Serranidae, Scombridae, Lutjanidae, and Istiophoridae, were identified, and their distribution is discussed. Results from this study can provide a time series for larval distribution along this transect, and create a baseline for future research in this area.

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Metadata Date March 27, 2024
Metadata Created Date October 22, 2021
Metadata Updated Date April 1, 2024
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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date March 27, 2024
Metadata Created Date October 22, 2021
Metadata Updated Date April 1, 2024
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Responsible Party Southeast Fisheries Science Center (Resource Provider)
Contact Email
Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:30702
Access Constraints Cite As: Southeast Fisheries Science Center, [Date of Access]: Larval fish dispersal in the Florida Current [Data Date Range],, Access Constraints: None
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Bbox North Lat 27.01
Bbox South Lat 27
Bbox West Long -79.93
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Harvest Source Title NMFS SEFSC
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 underDevelopment
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2009
Temporal Extent End 2012

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