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Proposed Coastal Critical Habitat Areas

Metadata Updated: April 15, 2024

When a species is proposed for listing as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service must to the maximum extent prudent and determinable propose and designate critical habitat. This dataset, last updated in April 2017, is a compilation of the proposed critical habitat areas from NOAA and USFWS listed species in coastal areas. To become officially designated as critical habitat, an area is published as a proposed Federal regulation in the Federal Register. After a period of public review, the comments are adjudicated and the final boundaries of the critical habitat area are published in the Federal Register. When areas are officially designated, they move into the Coastal Critical Habitat Designations layer on Because updates data on a pre-defined cycle, it is possible that proposed layers have been adopted or removed prior to being reflected in this layer. It is important to keep in mind that maps published before May 31, 2012 were only for illustrative purposes and the Federal Register text descriptions should be used for authoritative purposes. For designations published after May 31, 2012, the maps (and any clarifying textual descriptions) are the definitive source for critical habitat boundaries. See metadata for online linkages to reference full listings of proposed and final critical habitat areas.

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Metadata Date February 29, 2024
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date April 15, 2024
Reference Date(s) April 12, 2017 (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

Metadata Source

Harvested from NOS OCM

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date February 29, 2024
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date April 15, 2024
Reference Date(s) April 12, 2017 (publication)
Responsible Party NOAA Office for Coastal Management (Point of Contact)
Contact Email
Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:48919
Access Constraints Cite As: Office for Coastal Management, [Date of Access]: Proposed Coastal Critical Habitat Areas [Data Date Range],, Access Constraints: None, Use Constraints: For coastal and ocean planning, Distribution Liability:
Bbox East Long -117.563142
Bbox North Lat 74.70884
Bbox South Lat 19.648376
Bbox West Long -179.209591
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update asNeeded
Harvest Object Id 371ef104-777b-41ae-b9f5-0e290e06e318
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
Spatial Harvester True

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