PRIMARY OBJECTIVE Estimate the abundance of harbor porpoises in the Gulf of Maine - Bay of Fundy - Scotian shelf area. SECONDARY OBJECTIVES 1) Determine the spatial distribution patterns of harbor porpoises, and investigate if the patterns are correlated with hydrographic or biological features, such as, the depth, temperature or salinity of the water or with targets seen on an acoustic fish ... finder. 2) Estimate the abundance and spatial distribution of other cetaceans. 3) Determine if harbor porpoise avoid this ship, and if so, at what distance. 4) Use a 17 foot Zodiac rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RIB) and the R/V Abel-J to survey the Penobscot Bay - Blue Hill Bay area and other bays and harbors along the Maine and Nova Scotia coast. 5) Determine if there is a spatial distribution pattern of mother-calf pairs of harbor porpoise. 6) Compare the abundance estimate and spatial distribution of harbor porpoise as seen this year with that seen in previous years. 7) Determine dive time patterns of individual and groups of harbor porpoises around the sighting platform. 8) Investigate the utility of 2 new electronic data entry systems. 9) Determine the distribution of marine mammals between the northeastern edge of the study area and Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Brown's Bank, and on the continental shelf break in the area south of Brown's Bank.
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: In addition to the sighting data, effort data was recorded every half hour or whenever conditions change. This dataset, therefore, should be used with the effort data.
CURRENTNESS REFERENCE: ground condition
SPATIAL DATA ORGANIZATION INFORMATION
Direct Spatial Reference: Vector
SDTS Point and Vector Object Type: Entity point
Point and Vector Object Count: 1260
SPATIAL REFERENCE INFORMATION - GEODETIC MODEL
Horizontal Datum Name: D_WGS_1984
Ellipsoid Name: WGS_1984
Semi-major Axis: 6378137.000000
Denominator of Flattening Ratio: 298.257224
NATIVE: Microsoft Windows 2000 Version 5.0 (Build 2195) Service Pack 4; ESRI ArcCatalog 184.108.40.2060