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Stationary camera observations, set, and environmental data from Shark Bay Marine Park, Western Australia from July 2011 to June 2012


At a Glance


Authors: Michael Heithaus, Cindy Bessey
Time period: 2011-07-17 to 2012-06-17
Package id: knb-lter-fce.1193.3
Dataset id: ST_TDCS_Heithaus_003

How to cite:
Heithaus, M., C. Bessey. 2019. Stationary camera observations, set, and environmental data from Shark Bay Marine Park, Western Australia from July 2011 to June 2012. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/299262fa63c46ead98210cb5ea0bcac2. Dataset accessed 2020-08-08.

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  • Dataset Abstract
    This dataset provides information on stationary video cameras set within the study area from 2011 to 2012, including animals viewed along with relevent environmental and camera data. These data provide insight into teleost communities that utilize various habitats within Shark Bay.
  • Geographic Coverage
    Study Extent Description
    Eastern Gulf of Shark Bay, Western Australia, North of Monkey Mia

    Bounding Coordinates
    Eastern Gulf of Shark Bay, Western Australia. Study site is approximately 130 km2 in area and begins immediately north of Monkey Mia, in Shark Bay.
    N: -25.721, S: -25.808, E: 113.796, W: 113.662

    FCE LTER Sites
    Shark Bay Marine Park

    All Sites
    Geographic Description
    Bounding Coordinates
    Shallow seagrass banks and channels immediately north of Monkey Mia, Shark Bay
    N: -25.721, S: -25.808, E: 113.796, W: 113.662
    Shallow seagrass banks and channels immediately north of Monkey Mia, Shark Bay
    N: -25.721, S: -25.808, E: 113.796, W: 113.662
    Shallow seagrass banks and channels immediately north of Monkey Mia, Shark Bay
    N: -25.721, S: -25.808, E: 113.796, W: 113.662
    Shallow seagrass banks and channels immediately north of Monkey Mia, Shark Bay
    N: -25.721, S: -25.808, E: 113.796, W: 113.662
    Shallow seagrass banks and channels immediately north of Monkey Mia, Shark Bay
    N: -25.721, S: -25.808, E: 113.796, W: 113.662
  • Attributes
    • Data Table:   Stationary camera observations, set, and environmental data from Shark Bay Marine Park, Western Australia
      Attribute Name:
      VideoNum
      Attribute Label:
      Video Number
      Attribute Definition:
      Video Number
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      Video Number
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Segment
      Attribute Label:
      Video Segment
      Attribute Definition:
      Video Segment
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      Video Segment
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      TimeStamp
      Attribute Label:
      Time Stamp
      Attribute Definition:
      Time in video the observation was made
      Storage Type:
      datetime
      Measurement Scale:
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Species
      Attribute Label:
      Species
      Attribute Definition:
      Species observed
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      Species observed
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Quantity
      Attribute Label:
      Quantity
      Attribute Definition:
      how many of species observed
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: number
      Number Type: integer
      Missing Value Code:
      NA (No usable data recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      Date
      Attribute Label:
      Date
      Attribute Definition:
      Video Collection Date
      Storage Type:
      datetime
      Measurement Scale:
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      TimeIn
      Attribute Label:
      Time In
      Attribute Definition:
      Time the camera was started
      Storage Type:
      datetime
      Measurement Scale:
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      DurationMins
      Attribute Label:
      Duration
      Attribute Definition:
      Minutes of video recorded
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: minute
      Number Type: integer
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Microhabitat
      Attribute Label:
      Microhabitat
      Attribute Definition:
      Habitat description
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      interior= <9 ft depth, edge
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Substrate
      Attribute Label:
      Substrate
      Attribute Definition:
      camera placement
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      camera placement
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      SeagrassSp
      Attribute Label:
      SeagrassSp
      Attribute Definition:
      seagrass species observed
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      Amp = Amphibolis antarctica, Pos
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Latitude_DD
      Attribute Label:
      Latitude_DD
      Attribute Definition:
      Latitude
      Storage Type:
      coordinate
      Measurement Scale:
      Latitude
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.00000 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      Longitude_DD
      Attribute Label:
      Longitude_DD
      Attribute Definition:
      Longitude
      Storage Type:
      coordinate
      Measurement Scale:
      Longitude
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.00000 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      Water_Depth
      Attribute Label:
      Water_Depth
      Attribute Definition:
      water depth in feet
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: foot
      Precision: 0.1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.0 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      Salinity
      Attribute Label:
      Salinity
      Attribute Definition:
      water salinity in parts per thousand
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: partsPerThousand
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: integer
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      Beaufort
      Attribute Label:
      weather conditions
      Attribute Definition:
      Beaufort weather scale conditions at deploy
      Storage Type:
      ordinal
      Measurement Scale:
      1= light air, 2
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Tide
      Attribute Label:
      Tide
      Attribute Definition:
      tide when camera was set
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      tide when camera was set
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      LowTide
      Attribute Label:
      LowTide
      Attribute Definition:
      time of low tide
      Storage Type:
      datetime
      Measurement Scale:
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      LowLevel_Tide
      Attribute Label:
      LowLevel_Tide
      Attribute Definition:
      level of low tide in meters
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: meter
      Precision: 0.01
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.00 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      HighTide
      Attribute Label:
      HighTide
      Attribute Definition:
      time of high tide
      Storage Type:
      datetime
      Measurement Scale:
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      HighLevel_Tide
      Attribute Label:
      HighLevel_Tide
      Attribute Definition:
      level of high tide in meters
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: meter
      Precision: 0.01
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.00 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      Visibility
      Attribute Label:
      Visibility
      Attribute Definition:
      water visibility
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      water visibility
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      WaterTemp
      Attribute Label:
      WaterTemp
      Attribute Definition:
      water temperature in centigrate
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: celsius
      Precision: 0.1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.0 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      Cloud_cov
      Attribute Label:
      Cloud_cov
      Attribute Definition:
      estimate of cloud coverage in percent
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: integer
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded )


  • Methods
    Sampling Description
    Fish video data

    Method Step

    Description
    Stationary Underwater Video Camera

    Instrumentation
    GoPro Cameras monted on the top of custom built I beam frames

    Method Step

    Description
    Water temperature and depth collected at transect start

    Instrumentation
    Ship-based transducer

    Method Step

    Description
    Weather conditions collected at transect start

    Instrumentation
    Human observer

    Method Step

    Description
    Video analysis

    Instrumentation
    human observer

    Method Step

    Description
    Species ID

    Instrumentation
    human observer

    Quality Control
    Data are checked against field notes and datasheets after entry. Data are visually inspected by graduate students and the PI to determine if any values are obviously in error.
  • Distribution and Intellectual Rights
    Online distribution
    https://fcelter.fiu.edu/perl/public_data_download.pl?datasetid=ST_TDCS_Heithaus_003.txt
    Intellectual Rights
    This information is released under the Creative Commons license - Attribution - CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). The consumer of these data ("Data User" herein) is required to cite it appropriately in any publication that results from its use. The Data User should realize that these data may be actively used by others for ongoing research and that coordination may be necessary to prevent duplicate publication. The Data User is urged to contact the authors of these data if any questions about methodology or results occur. Where appropriate, the Data User is encouraged to consider collaboration or co-authorship with the authors. The Data User should realize that misinterpretation of data may occur if used out of context of the original study. While substantial efforts are made to ensure the accuracy of data and associated documentation, complete accuracy of data sets cannot be guaranteed. All data are made available "as is." The Data User should be aware, however, that data are updated periodically and it is the responsibility of the Data User to check for new versions of the data. The data authors and the repository where these data were obtained shall not be liable for damages resulting from any use or misinterpretation of the data. Thank you.

  • Keywords
    populations, seagrass, fishes, Shark Bay Eastern Gulf, World Heritage Site, ecological research, long-term monitoring, fish communities, video analysis, marine species, microhabitat, salinity
  • Dataset Contact
    • Name: Michael Heithaus 
    • Position: Co- PI
    • Organization: FIU/Shark Bay Ecosystem Research Project
    • Address: FIU, BBC, MSB 250J, 3000 NE 151st Street
      North Miami, FL 33181 USA
    • Phone: 305-919-5234
    • Fax: 305-919-4030
    • Email: heithaus@fiu.edu

    • Name: Kirk Gastrich 
    • Position: Laboratory manager
    • Organization: FIU/Shark Bay Ecosystem Research Project
    • Address: FIU, BBC, MSB 334, 3000 NE 151st Street
      North Miami, FL 33181 USA
    • Phone: 305-919-5243
    • Email: kgastric@fiu.edu

  • Data Table and Format
    Data Table:  Stationary camera observations, set, and environmental data from Shark Bay Marine Park, Western Australia

    Entity Name:
    ST_TDCS_Heithaus_003.txt
    Entity Description:
    Stationary camera observations, set, and environmental data from Shark Bay Marine Park, Western Australia
    Object Name:
    ST_TDCS_Heithaus_003.txt
    Number of Header Lines:
    1
    Attribute Orientation:
    column
    Field Delimiter:
    ,
    Number of Records:
    3890