Geodataset Name:       CH_NMFS_STURGULFP_DEC03
Geodataset Type:       SHAPEFILE
Geodataset Feature:    Polygon
Feature Count:         6
These data represent the marine and estuarine Critical Habitat for the Gulf Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrhynchus desotoi) (Units 8-14) in the State of Florida as designated by Federal Register Vol. 68, No. 53, Wednesday, March 19, 2003, Rules and Regulations. There is a separate geospatial dataset that shows the final riverine critical habitat Units 1-7. 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: 20031223 TIME PERIOD OF CONTENT: 20031224 DOWNLOAD LINK: http://www.fgdl.org/metadataexplorer/explorer.jsp


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Item Description
OBJECTID Internal feature number.

Shape Feature geometry.

UNIT_NUM Number of Critical Habitat Unit as described in the Federal Register.

NAME Name of physical location of designated unit

NAME_2 Assigned Unit Number used for label purposes

LABEL Label.

COMMNAME Common Name

DESCRIPT Field added based on LABEL.

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

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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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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
the Florida Department of Transportation. GIS data available in FGDL is
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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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Vector datasets with no defined scale or accuracy should be
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made to supply the user with data documentation. For additional
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

The base shoreline data set used in this process was the Coastal Assessment 
Framework shapefile from NOAA/NOS/SPO. Additional reference data sets 
included Mr SID CIR Imagery of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway from 
www.atlas.lsu.edu, TIGER Line shapefiles of roads in Louisiana and Florida from 
www.geographynetwork.com and road and railroad shapefiles in Mississippi from 
MARIS. Maptech's Digital Chart Kit, Regions 8 and 17 featuring NOAA Digital 
Charts and a text description of the 72 COLREGS Demarcation lines from 
www.navcen.uscg.gov/mwv/regulations/33CFR080/33CFR80_GCD08.htm were 
also used. These additional layers were used to designate boundaries on individual 
units as dictated by the critical habitat designations described in the Federal 
Register Document.Inland units were created by digitizing a polygon slightly larger 
than the water body it represented. The new polygons were then "edit clipped" to 
the shoreline to exactly match the shoreline. In areas where the entire water body 
was not included, the boundaries were drawn following the feature described in 
Federal Register document. (Ex. The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway was digitized 
from the Mr SID's and used as the western boundary of the polygon. Bays with 
adjacent rivers or bayous that were excluded had their boundaries created by 
drawing a straight line across the river's mouth as dictated by the Document.) Every 
effort was made to exclude features at locations consistent with the descriptions in 
the Document.Near shore units were created by creating a 1 nautical mile buffer of 
the coastline (9nm in the case of the Suwannee Sound) or barrier island as 
indicated by the Document. The seaward side of these buffers was used as the 
southern boundary of the units. For the passes between islands, line segments were
digitized to represent the 72 COLREGS Demarcation lines and 1 nautical mile 
buffers were created from those lines. Those buffers were merged with the buffers 
of the islands to complete the southern boundaries of the units. Every effort was 
made to accurately follow the descriptions of the 72 COLREGS lines. Whenever 
coordinates were used in the description, those coordinates were used in the 
creation of the buffers. When no coordinates were given, the lines/buffers were 
created by following the descriptions in the text.The Maptech software was used 
primarily as a guide to locate areas by name. The digital charts were also useful for 
accuracy evaluation in placement of the 72 COLREGS lines, as they were visible 
on the charts and could be compared to the lines digitized from text descriptions.
Process Date: 20031223

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 Gulf Sturgeon Critical Habitat Map and GIS Data Map and GIS data representing critical habitat for the conservation of threatened Gulf sturgeon in the Southeast U.S. June 26, 2019 - Map , Southeast https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/map/gulf-sturgeon-critical-habitat-map-and-gis-data https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/webdam/download/91216925 shapefile-Gulf-sturgeon-critical-habitat-all-units-USFWS-NMFS-SERO.zip shapefile_Gulf_sturgeon_critical_habitat_Unit8_14_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 LABEL - A FGDLAQDATE field was added based on date downloaded from source. - Renamed to: CH_NMFS_STURGULFP_DEC03 - 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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