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RV Investigator Voyage IN2016_T02 Seabird Observations, Australia (2016)

Latest version published by CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere on Mar 27, 2018 CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

Seabird and incidental cetacean and seal sightings were recorded during daylight hours during the transit from Hobart to Sydney, May 2016. This voyage was used as a trial of acquiring observations from the RV Investigator observation deck and testing the data recording system. Observations were made every ten minutes in the forward quadrant. There were 393 observations from 33 species of birds, 3 cetaceans and one seal. The commonest bird species were Pachyptila turtur, Thalassarche cauta, Sterna bergii and Morus serrator. Each species has been linked where possible to the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 393 records. 1 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Occurrence (core)
  • ExtendedMeasurementOrFact 

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Carlile N (2016): RV Investigator Voyage IN2016_T02 Seabird Observations, Australia (2016). v1.1. CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. Dataset/Occurrence.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 68733b96-0244-495c-af7e-1c8d6a4a8dd3.  CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Atlas of Living Australia.


Occurrence; Observation


Who created the resource:

Nicholas Carlile
Acting Principal Scientist
Australasian Seabird Group, Birdlife Australia Suite 2-05, 60 Leicester Street 3053 Carlton Victoria AU +61 3 9545 2176

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Dave Watts
OBIS Australia Data manager
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere GPO Box 1538 7001 Hobart Tasmania AU +61 (3) 6232 5062

Who filled in the metadata:

Dave Watts
OBIS Australia Data manager
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere GPO Box 1538 7001 Hobart Tasmania AU +61 (3) 6232 5062

Who else was associated with the resource:

Dave Watts
Data Officer
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere GPO Box 1538 7001 Hobart Tasmania AU +61 (3) 6232 5062
Principal Investigator
Eric Woehler
Birdlife Australia Hobart Tasmania AU +61 0428 204 565

Geographic Coverage

Coastal waters of eastern Tasmania, Bass Strait and New South Wales

Bounding Coordinates South West [-43.41, 147.37], North East [-33.92, 152.08]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2016-06-22 / 2016-06-25

Project Data

No Description available

Title Spatial and temporal variability in the distribution and abundance of seabirds
Funding Ship funding from the Marine National Facility ( and support from Australasian Seabird Group (BirdLife Australia)
Study Area Description Waters around Australia and in the Southern Ocean
Design Description The project seeks to quantify the distribution and abundance of seabirds at sea using standardised seabird survey protocols. One or two dedicated observers collect real-time data on seabirds observed within 300m transect during daylight hours while the vessel is underway. Incidental observations are also collected while the vessel is stationary (eg CTD stations) or while the vessel is deploying moorings.

The personnel involved in the project:

Principal Investigator
Eric Woehler

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Alternative Identifiers 68733b96-0244-495c-af7e-1c8d6a4a8dd3