MARMAP Neuston Net Survey


Fish abundance and biomass data collected during the day using Neuston nets on the coast of the southeastern United States by the Marine Resources, Monitorring, Assessment and Prediction Program (MARMAP) are available at OBIS. The OBIS compiled data includes species name, individual count, lat/lon, and some environmental correlates like depth and salinity. 

Dataset Location: OBIS MARMAP Neuston Net Survey

Direct Download: OBIS MARMAP Neuston Net Survey

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Site Location: Coastal Southeastern United States; Cape Fear, NC to Cape Canaveral, FL

Site(s) Georeferenced: Yes

Timespan: 1973 - 1980

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Data Collection Summary / Methods: Abundance and biomass of fish was collected using Neuston nets during the day.

Data collected: species id, abundance, biomass

OBIS data schema: species name, individual count, date, location, temperature, depth, salinity, nitrogen, oxygen, silicate.

Known Issues: The abstract and citation conflict for date; 1973 - 1980, 1999 - 2000, respectively. yearcollected ranges from 1973-1980. datelastchaced == 2010-07-12.

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Conditions for use: 'freely available' and 'open-access' as per OBIS:

From OBIS metadata - "Prior to use of these records in any analysis or report, MARMAP must be notified and if used the provenance of the original data must be acknowledged. Acknowledge the use of specific records from contributing MARMAP databases and acknowledge the use of the OBIS-USA facility. Recognize the limitations of data in OBIS-USA."

Citation/ Distributing Authors: Marcel Reichert, 2010, MARMAP Neuston Nets 1990-2009, SCDNR/NOAA MARMAP Program, SCDNR MARMAP Aggregate data surveys, The Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment, and Prediction (MARMAP) Program, Marine Resources Research Institute, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, P. O. Box 12559, Charleston SC 29422-2559, U.S.A.Retrieved from

Supplemental resources:

Marine Resources Research Institute MARMAP -

Project Purpose and Affiliations with GCMD metadata -

Neuston Net Description -

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources -

Available via the EcoData Retriever: No

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