Artificial Reefs in Massachusetts

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
Publication_Date: 20060819
Title: Artificial Reefs in Massachusetts
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Description:
Abstract:
These vector point data represent the three permitted artificial reefs deployed in Massachusetts. Supplemental information including a brief history of their inception and their success in creating habitat can be accessed using the MORIS Hotlink tool. NOTE: This layer does not include fortuitously submerged artificial structures such as vessels.
Purpose:
The intended use of this data is to support diverse activities including planning, management, maintenance, research and interpretation. Creation of artificial habitat can be an effective method of increasing productivity, providing additional recreational and commercial fishing opportunities, and enhancing the forage base (i.e., provide attachment substrate for blue mussels and habitat for finfish; settlement, forage, and shelter habitat for lobster; and habitat for several life-stages of winter flounder.
Supplemental_Information:
<http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dmf/programsandprojects/artificia.htm#menu>
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 1996
Ending_Date: 2006
Currentness_Reference: N/A
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -70.978048
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -70.180144
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 42.344316
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 41.522744
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Theme_Keyword: reef
Theme_Keyword: reefs
Theme_Keyword: artificial reef
Theme_Keyword: habitat
Theme_Keyword: community structure
Theme_Keyword: fisheries
Theme_Keyword: refugia
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: oceans, 014
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: None
Place_Keyword: Massachusetts
Place_Keyword: Gulf of Maine
Access_Constraints:
None. These data are in the public domain. GIS files are freely available for download.
Use_Constraints:
Public domain data from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, are freely redistributable with proper metadata and source attribution. Please recognize the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management as the source of these data. You are not permitted to use CZM's name or to suggest that CZM endorses your project or product, without its express written consent. While efforts have been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the state of the art, CZM cannot assume liability for any damages or misrepresentation caused by any inaccuracies in the data or as a result of changes to the data caused by system transfers. The user must be aware of data conditions and bear responsibility for the appropriate use of these data with respect to possible errors, original map scale, collection methodology, currency of data, and other conditions specific to these data.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: CZM Data Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800, Boston, MA 02114-2136
City: Boston
State_or_Province: MA
Postal_Code: 02114-2136
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 617-626-1200
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 617-626-1240
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: czm@state.ma.us
Hours_of_Service: 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs EST
Contact_Instructions: email only
Native_Data_Set_Environment:
Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 3; ESRI ArcCatalog 9.3.0.1770

Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report: An Accuracy Report was conducted for these data.
Logical_Consistency_Report: A Logical Consistency Report was not completed for these data.
Completeness_Report:
This data is complete to the specifications of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. All individual unit deployments are represented. A unit may consist of multiple objects such as a cluster of cobbles, tires, or concrete debris. Again, the individual points represent deployment locations of such units.
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
These data were converted form Degrees, Minutes to Decimal Degrees (latitude/ longitude geographic coordinates) and entered into an Excel spreadsheet. Fields were created to provide information to the user in a GIS. The spreadsheet was saved as a dBase file (DBF) and added to the list of tables in an ArcView 3.X project. The data was then added as an Event Theme in ArcView and coverted to a shapefile. The ArcToolbox Define Projection Wizard was used to define the shapefile's coordinate system--Geographic, NAD 1927. The ArcToolbox Project Wizard was used to reproject the coordinates to State Plane, Massachusetts Mainland, NAD 1983, Meters.
Process_Date: 20020730
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Data from the Hubline reef were added by the Massachusets Office of Coastal Zone Managment on 09-18-2006. The data were coverted to polygons to points with each point representing the centroid of the polygon. All attribute data were retained.
Process_Date: 20060918
Process_Step:
Process_Description: Dataset copied.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: W:\czm\MORIS_Working_Data\moris\dmf\art_reef
Cloud_Cover: N/A

Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Vector
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
SDTS_Terms_Description:
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: Entity point
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 62

Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Planar:
Grid_Coordinate_System:
Grid_Coordinate_System_Name: State Plane Coordinate System 1983
State_Plane_Coordinate_System:
SPCS_Zone_Identifier: 2001
Lambert_Conformal_Conic:
Standard_Parallel: 41.716667
Standard_Parallel: 42.683333
Longitude_of_Central_Meridian: -71.500000
Latitude_of_Projection_Origin: 41.000000
False_Easting: 200000.000000
False_Northing: 750000.000000
Planar_Coordinate_Information:
Planar_Coordinate_Encoding_Method: coordinate pair
Coordinate_Representation:
Abscissa_Resolution: 0.000000
Ordinate_Resolution: 0.000000
Planar_Distance_Units: meters
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: North American Datum of 1983
Ellipsoid_Name: Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257222

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: artificial_reefs
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: FID
Attribute_Definition: Internal feature number.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain:
Sequential unique whole numbers that are automatically generated.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: Shape
Attribute_Definition: Feature geometry.
Attribute_Definition_Source: ESRI
Attribute_Domain_Values:
Unrepresentable_Domain: Coordinates defining the features.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: AREA
Attribute_Definition: AREA: Dartmouth; Sculpin Ledge Channel, Boston; and Yarmouth
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: SITE
Attribute_Definition:
SITE: A unique identifier--alpha-numberic, description, etc.--for each individual unit/record that makes up the reef.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: LAT_DD
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: LONG_DD
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: NO_TYPE
Attribute_Definition:
NO_TYPE: The number and type of units deployed (i.e. 3 reef balls and one pallet ball, or large concrete terraces)
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: COMMENTS
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: HOTLINK

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: CZM Data Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing Address
Address: 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800, Boston, MA 02114-2136
City: Boston
State_or_Province: MA
Postal_Code: 02114-2136
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 617-626-1200
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 617-626-1240
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: czm@state.ma.us
Hours_of_Service: 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs EST
Contact_Instructions: email only
Resource_Description: Downloadable Data
Distribution_Liability:
Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these data, errors and conditions originating from physical sources used to develop these data may be reflected in the data supplied. The client must be aware of data conditions and bear responsibility for the appropriate use of the information with respect to possible errors, original map scale, collection methodology, currency of data, and other conditions specific to certain data. In no event shall CZM be liable for any damages, whether general, special, incidental or consequential damages, arising out of your use of these data. Your sole remedy for damages is to stop using the data. You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless CZM and its employees against any claim, loss, liability or expense, including attorneys' fees, resulting from loss of or damage to property or the injury to or death of any person arising out of the use of the data.
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Transfer_Size: 0.002
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name: <http://www.mass.gov/czm/czm.htm>
Fees:
GIS and coordinate files may be downloaded at no charge by following links on the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management website (<http://www.mass.gov/czm/>).

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20080919
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: CZM Data Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing Address
Address: 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800, Boston, MA 02114-2136
City: Boston
State_or_Province: MA
Postal_Code: 02114-2136
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 617-626-1200
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 617-626-1240
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: czm@state.ma.us
Hours_of_Service: 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs EST
Contact_Instructions: email only
Metadata_Standard_Name: Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
Metadata_Extensions:
Online_Linkage: <http://www.esri.com/metadata/esriprof80.html>
Profile_Name: ESRI Metadata Profile

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