Highly Migratory Species, 2013 Shipping Layers Debut on Marine Planner

Two new datasets – labeled EFH Highly Migratory Species and AIS Shipping Data (2013) – have been incorporated into Marine Planner, bolstering the Portal’s growing inventory of marine life and maritime information.

The highly migratory species layer presents a color-coded map indicating areas where 42 types of fish such as sharks, tuna and swordfish are known to live and migrate. Users can click on any point in the map for a number and list of species that may be found in the area. The data can be accessed by clicking on the Marine Life tab in Marine Planner.

Fish represented in this layer are: the albacore tuna, angel shark, Atlantic sharpnose shark, basking shark, bigeye thresher shark, bigeye tuna, bignose shark, blacknose shark, blacktip shark, bluefin tuna, blue marlin, blue shark, bonnethead shark, bull shark, caribbean reef shark, common thresher shark, dusky shark, finetooth shark, great hammerhead shark, lemon shark, longbill spearfish, longfin mako shark, night shark, nurse shark, oceanic whitetip shark, porbeagle roundscale spearfish, shark, sailfish, sandbar shark, sand tiger shark, scalloped hammerhead shark, shortfin mako shark, silky shark, skipjack tuna, smooth dogfish, spinner shark, swordfish, tiger shark, whale shark, white marlin, white shark and yellowfin tuna.

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) layers depict traffic concentrations for cargo, passenger, tanker and tug/tow vessels in 2013. AIS data is real-time information collected by the Coast Guard to track route patterns, ship purposes and speeds to aid in ocean planning work. These and other AIS layers from 2011 and 2012 can be found in Marine Planner by clicking on the Maritime tab.

EFH Layer

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