Geodataset Name:       CH_NMFS_ACROPORA_MAY15
Geodataset Type:       SHAPEFILE
Geodataset Feature:    Polygon
Feature Count:         1
These data represent the Critical Habitat for Elkhorn Coral (Acropora palmata) and Staghorn Coral (Acropora cervicornis) in the State of Florida as designated by 73 FR 72210, November 26th, 2008, Rules and Regulations. Updated bathymetry East of St. John was added to the critical habitat layer on May 7th, 2015. Please Note: This dataset only contains data present at the Florida extent.
DATA SOURCE(S):                    NOAA - National Marine Fisheries Service
GEODATASET EXTENT:                 State of Florida
PUBLICATION DATE: 20150507 TIME PERIOD OF CONTENT: Begin Date: 20081126 End Date: 20150507 DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.fgdl.org/metadataexplorer/explorer.jsp


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Item Description
OBJECTID Internal feature number.

Shape Feature geometry.

ID Id.

CH_AREA_NO Critical Habitat Area Number.

CH_AREA_NM Critical Habitat Area Name.

COMNAME Common Name.

DESCRIPT Based on the field COMNAME.

FGDLAQDATE The date FGDL acquired the data from the Source.

AUTOID Unique ID added by GeoPlan

SHAPE.AREA Area in meters

SHAPE.LEN Perimeter in meters

Not Applicable
Complete Pending NMFS PRD Review
GeoPlan relied on the integrity of the attribute information within
the original data.

The purpose of these data is to visually represent the critical habitat areas for GIS analysis and display.

This data is provided 'as is' and its horizontal positional accuracy
has not been verified by GeoPlan

This data is provided 'as is' and its vertical positional accuracy
has not been verified by GeoPlan

Users be advised that the accuracy of this data set is completely dependent upon 
the accuracy of the shoreline and bathymetric data used in the creation process. 
For more details on this process, see the process description. The text description in
73 FR 72210 is always the one, true definition of Acropora critical habitat. These or 
any other depictions are for information purposes only and shouldn't be relied on for 
regulatory purposes.

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St. Petersburg, FL: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries 
Office (GARFO) or Southeast Regional Office (SERO) [producer] {SHAPEFILE 
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then presented as official government material. This dataset was created to depict 
the boundaries of NMFS Regulated Areas in Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast
Waters (Regulated Areas) only. The dataset should not be used for a legal 
definition. The dataset should not be used to infer information regarding the 
existence or details of other marine features or resources, including, but not limited 
to, navigable waters, coastlines, bathymetry, submerged features, or man-made 
structures. Users assume responsibility for determining the appropriate use of this 
dataset. *** Not the Legal Definition *** This Geographic Information System (GIS) 
dataset is not the legal definition of the Regulated Area. The description published 
in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations is the only legal definition. This dataset and 
metadata document provide a broad overview of a subset of applicable fishing 
regulations, restrictions and requirements, critical habitat or essential fish habitat; it is
not a substitute for the actual regulations. Users are encouraged to read the 
applicable regulations in conjunction with use of this dataset. *** Temporal 
Considerations *** Regulated Area boundary definitions are subject to change or 
modification. Published datasets may represent historic, current, or future Regulated 
Areas. When changes to fishing regulations affect this dataset, it will be archived 
and replaced by an updated version as soon as feasible. Approved Regulated Area
boundaries may also be published prior to their effective date. It is the user s 
responsibility to ensure the applicable Regulated Area boundaries are being used. 
*** Shorelines/Base Layers *** The accuracy of this dataset is dependent upon the 
accuracy and resolution of the datasets (e.g., shoreline, bathymetry, National 
Hydrographic Database, shared administrative boundaries) used in the creation 
process. Source datasets used are specified in the metadata. These data sources 
were selected for their suitability to a broad audience, and may not be suitable for 
specific uses requiring higher-resolution information. Coastlines change. Unless 
otherwise noted, where the NOAA Medium Resolution Shoreline is used, assume 
the regulatory boundary reaches the most current coastline delineation available.

The Florida Geographic Data Library is a collection of Geospatial Data
compiled by the University of Florida GeoPlan Center with support from
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Please be sure you are using the best available data. 

1:24000 scale datasets are recommended for projects that are at the
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information, see the References section and the Data Source Contact
section of this documentation. For more information regarding
scale and accuracy, see our webpage at:

NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service
Critical Habitat Designations, Maps, and GIS Data

Southeast NOAA Fisheries Region: critical habitat maps and data

Bathymetry source: NGDC Coastal Relief Model for Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands 
(Vol. 9), and Florida and Eastern Gulf of Mexico (Vol. 3). Using ESRI's ArcGIS 
ArcMap software and Spatial Analyst extension, ran the 'Surface Analysis' tool, 
'Contour'. Set contour interval to 30 (CRM is in tenths of meters). The contour line 
was a bit blocky, so smoothed using ET GeoWizard (3rd party software) to smooth 
the contour using Bezier Curve smoothing algorithm with default settings (5 for 
smoothness) for the Caribbean and 10 for smoothing setting for Florida, and then 
cleaned. Converted the polyline to a polygon. Deleted very small polygons/ or polys 
for depths +/- 1m.
Process Date: 20071030

The process of creating an outer boundary using the gridded bathymetry data produced polygons with very dense vertices. ET GeoWizards (3rd party software) was used to generalize the polygons, using the Douglas-Poiker algorithm. A generalize tolerance of .00001 arc seconds was assigned. Process Date: 20080901
Used detailed shoreline for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands from NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), by selecting 'Land' and 'mangrove' polygons. Used NOAA medium resolution vector shoreline for Florida to create land polygon. Erased the bathymetry polygons with the land/mangrove polygons . For Florida shoreline, or shoreward side of the critical habitat polygon, used Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) for nearshore bathymetry (digitized from NOAA nautical charts) for the 6 ft depth to Government Cut, FWC 1:24,000 scale shoreline, COLREG lines, and intercouncil boundary between South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils at the mouths of bays and inlets, and information from the U.S. Navy for exclusions. The polygon that included to the 30 meter contour was erased with the appropriate data for the shoreward side. Process Date: 20081001
Updated bathymetry East of St. John was added to the critical habitat layer. Process Date: 20150507
The GeoPlan Center downloaded the critical habitat dataset on October 17th, 2019 from NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Critical Habitat Website: ENDANGERED SPECIES CONSERVATION: Critical Habitat https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/endangered-species-conservation/critical-habitat Southeast critical habitat maps and data https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/tags/southeast-critical-habitat-map Acropora: Elkhorn and Staghorn Coral Critical Habitat Map and GIS Data Map and GIS data representing critical habitat for the conservation of threatened Acropora species in the Southeast U.S. June 26, 2019 - Map , Southeast https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/map/acropora-elkhorn-and-staghorn-coral-critical-habitat-map-and-gis-data https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/webdam/download/94271617 shapefile_Acropora_critical_habitat_Florida_Caribbean_SERO.zip shapefile_Acropora_critical_habitat_Florida_Caribbean_SERO.shp During the QA/QC process the following tasks were undertaken: - Select features that intersected the CH_NMFS_EXTENT_OCT19.shp - Reprojected to FGDL Albers via the following: Original Projection: GCS_North_American_1983 Transformation used to Reproject to FGDL Albers: NAD_1983_To_HARN_Florida - Clipped to the CH_NMFS_EXTENT_OCT19.shp - Uppercased all records in the table (Except Scientific Names). - Uppercased all field names - A DESCRIPT field was added based on COMNAME - A FGDLAQDATE field was added based on date downloaded from source. - Renamed to: CH_NMFS_ACROPORA_MAY15 - Updated Metadata. Process Date: 20191017
Dataset copied. Process Date: 20191101

Projection                          ALBERS
Datum                               HPGN
Units                               METERS
Spheroid                            GRS1980
1st Standard Parallel               24  0  0.000
2nd Standard Parallel               31 30  0.000
Central Meridian                   -84 00  0.000
Latitude of Projection's Origin     24  0  0.000
False Easting (meters)              400000.00000
False Northing (meters)             0.00000


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