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North Marine Region demersal fish and invertebrate collection records (DEW collation), Australia (1980 - 1997)

Latest version published by CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere on Jun 29, 2018 CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere

The dataset comprises catch records of demersal fish and invertebrates from demersal fish trawls, demersal prawn trawls and epibenthic sled samples from the Northern Planning Region. It is a compilation of data from 9 research voyages (SO 05/80, SO 07/80, SO 02/81, SS 03/90, SS 05/91, SS 01/93, SS 02/97, SS 08/97and SS 03/98). The catch of each species in a sample is recorded as raw weight and count, gross weight and count (raw values divided by the subsampling fraction) and per area weight and count. Species are recorded as CAAB codes. Sample attributes include the voyage, location, time, sampling gear and sampled area. The dataset was created for the Department of the Environment and Water Resources (DEW) for use in profiling of the North Marine Region during the development of a marine bioregional plan for the region. Data from all voyages are in a single set of tables and in the same structure and measurement units. The aim of the dataset is to provide convenient access to the data from the source datasets, which were stored in various data structures in various locations. Although the data are presented in uniform measurement units of counts and weights per unit area, data from different samples cannot be assumed to be comparable. In particular, the catchability of a species varies among types of sampling gears. Even samples from a given gear type on a given voyage may not all be comparable to one another. For example, gear may be altered during a voyage (e.g. multiple codend mesh sizes may be tried) and fish trawls are occasionally aimed at fish visible on the echo sounder. The data should therefore be analysed no more than semi-quantitatively. Assumptions on the comparability of samples -- even from a single voyage and gear type -- should be based on reference to the voyage reports.

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 51,289 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


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Data as a DwC-A file download 51,289 records in English (2 MB) - Update frequency: not planned
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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: 223f6e89-c7b5-4e8c-99a2-da2752f16435.  CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Atlas of Living Australia.


Occurrence; Specimen


Who created the resource:

Chris Moeseneder
Research Technician
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere EcoSciences Precinct, GPO Box 2583 4001 Brisbane Queensland AU +61 7 3833 5927

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Chris Moeseneder
Research Technician
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere EcoSciences Precinct, GPO Box 2583 4001 Brisbane Queensland AU +61 7 3833 5927

Who filled in the metadata:

Chris Moeseneder
Research Technician
CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere EcoSciences Precinct, GPO Box 2583 4001 Brisbane Queensland AU +61 7 3833 5927

Who else was associated with the resource:

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

Geographic Coverage

Gulf of Carpentaria, NT/QLD, Arafura Sea

Bounding Coordinates South West [-20, 115.7], North East [-8.3, 143.3]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1980-06-22 / 1997-03-11

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Rochester, W. A., Moeseneder, C. H., Miller, M. J., Milton, D. A., Fry, G. C., Griffiths, S. P., Pillans, R. D., Rothlisberg, P. C., Bustamante, R. H., Butler, A. J. (2007) The North Marine Region marine bioregional plan: Information and analysis for the regional profile. Final report to the Department of the Environment and Water Resources. CSIRO, Cleveland.

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Alternative Identifiers