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Fish trap catch, set, and environmental data from Shark Bay Marine Park, Western Australia from May 2010 to July 2012


At a Glance


Authors: Michael Heithaus, Cindy Bessey
Time period: 2010-05-11 to 2012-07-16
Package id: knb-lter-fce.1194.3
Dataset id: ST_CD_Heithaus_003

How to cite:
Heithaus, M., C. Bessey. 2019. Fish trap catch, set, and environmental data from Shark Bay Marine Park, Western Australia from May 2010 to July 2012. Environmental Data Initiative. https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/b7742d3e0a93696342708d98590b9db1. Dataset accessed 2020-08-08.

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  • Dataset Abstract
    This dataset provides information on fish traps set within the study area from 2010 to 2012, including animals caught, relevent environmental and trap data, animal specific measurements and logging of samples retained. Additionally the dataset contains stable isotope values for individuals that were retained for Stable Isotope Analysis in addition to stomach content data. These data provide insight into teleost communities that utilize various habitats within Shark Bay with further insights into their trophic relationships.
  • 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:   Fish trap catch, set, and environmental data from Shark Bay Marine Park, Western Australia
      Attribute Name:
      Date
      Attribute Label:
      Date
      Attribute Definition:
      Video Collection Date
      Storage Type:
      datetime
      Measurement Scale:
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Trap_in
      Attribute Label:
      Time of day
      Attribute Definition:
      Time of day trap was set
      Storage Type:
      datetime
      Measurement Scale:
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Trap_out
      Attribute Label:
      Time of day
      Attribute Definition:
      Time trap was pulled
      Storage Type:
      datetime
      Measurement Scale:
      Missing Value Code:
      NA (No usable data recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      Soak_Minutes
      Attribute Label:
      minutes
      Attribute Definition:
      number of minutes trap was set for
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: minute
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: integer
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      Latitude_DD
      Attribute Label:
      Lat/Long coordinate
      Attribute Definition:
      Latitude coordinate of trap set location, in degrees and minutes
      Storage Type:
      coordinate
      Measurement Scale:
      Latitude coordinate of trap set location, in degrees and minutes
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.000 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      Longitude_DD
      Attribute Label:
      Lat/Long coordinate
      Attribute Definition:
      Longitude coordinate of trap set location, in degrees and minutes
      Storage Type:
      coordinate
      Measurement Scale:
      Longitude coordinate of trap set location, in degrees and minutes
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.000 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      Microhabitat
      Attribute Label:
      Microhabitat
      Attribute Definition:
      microhabitat type, dependent on depth (deep habitats, interior habitats, or edge habitats in between)
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      interior= <9 ft depth, edge
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Substrate
      Attribute Label:
      bottom cover
      Attribute Definition:
      dominant type of bottom cover in area where trap is set
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      dominant type of bottom cover in area where trap is set
      Missing Value Code:
      NA (No usable data recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      Seagrass_species
      Attribute Label:
      species of seagrass cover
      Attribute Definition:
      genus and species name of dominant seagrass present in cover, when present
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      genus and species name of dominant seagrass present in cover, when present
      Missing Value Code:
      NA (No usable data recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      Bait
      Attribute Label:
      trap bait
      Attribute Definition:
      type of bait used for fish traps
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      type of bait used for fish traps
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Set_Depth
      Attribute Label:
      depth of set
      Attribute Definition:
      depth (in feet) in which traps are set
      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:
      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:
      Season
      Attribute Label:
      season
      Attribute Definition:
      season in which trap was set
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      summer= 16 August-31 May
      Winter= 1 June- 15 August
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Beaufort
      Attribute Label:
      weather conditions
      Attribute Definition:
      sea conditions using a beaufort scale when trap was set
      Storage Type:
      ordinal
      Measurement Scale:
      1= light air, 2
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      Cloud_cov
      Attribute Label:
      Cloud_cov
      Attribute Definition:
      percent cover of clouds at time trap was set as estimated by a human observer
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: integer
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      Visibility
      Attribute Label:
      Water Visibility
      Attribute Definition:
      water visitiblility as estimated by qualitative scale
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      water visitiblility as estimated by qualitative scale
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Tide
      Attribute Label:
      tide at time of set
      Attribute Definition:
      tide when trap was set
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      tide when trap was set
      Missing Value Code:
       

      Attribute Name:
      Salinity
      Attribute Label:
      water salinity
      Attribute Definition:
      water salinity at time trap was set, as measured using a refractometer
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: partsPerThousand
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: integer
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      Species
      Attribute Label:
      species captured
      Attribute Definition:
      species of fish captured
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      UNKNOWN= species not known
      Missing Value Code:
      NOTHING (No animals captured in trap)

      Attribute Name:
      M_%N
      Attribute Label:
      percent nitrogen of muscle tissue
      Attribute Definition:
      percent nitrogen of muscle tissue
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 0.01
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.00 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      M_%C
      Attribute Label:
      percent carbon of muscle tissue
      Attribute Definition:
      percent carbon of muscle tissue
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 0.01
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.00 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      Muscle_Delta15N
      Attribute Label:
      Muscle_Delta15N
      Attribute Definition:
      permil difference in Nitrogen 15 ratio of muscle tissue as compared to atmospheric Nitrogen
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: partsPerThousand
      Precision: 0.01
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.00 (Value was not recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      Muscle_Delta13C
      Attribute Label:
      Muscle_Delta13C
      Attribute Definition:
      permil difference in Carbon 13 ratio of muscle tissue as compared to reference standard
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: partsPerThousand
      Precision: 0.01
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.00 (Value was not recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      Blood_%N
      Attribute Label:
      percent nitrogen of blood
      Attribute Definition:
      percent nitrogen of blood
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 0.01
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.00 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      Blood_%C
      Attribute Label:
      percent carbon of blood
      Attribute Definition:
      percent carbon of blood
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 0.01
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.00 (Value will never be recorded )

      Attribute Name:
      Blood_Delta15N
      Attribute Label:
      Delta 15 Nitrogen value of blood
      Attribute Definition:
      permil difference in Nitrogen 15 ratio of blood as compared to atmospheric Nitrogen
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: partsPerThousand
      Precision: 0.01
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.00 (Value was not recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      Blood_Delta13C
      Attribute Label:
      Delta 13 Carbon value of blood
      Attribute Definition:
      permil difference in Carbon 13 ratio of blood as compared to reference standard
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: partsPerThousand
      Precision: 0.01
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.00 (Value was not recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      FL
      Attribute Label:
      Fork length of fish
      Attribute Definition:
      Fork length of fish
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: centimeter
      Precision: 0.1
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.0 (Value was not recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      Fish_Weight
      Attribute Label:
      Mass of fish
      Attribute Definition:
      Mass of fish
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: gram
      Precision: 0.01
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.00 (Value was not recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      GC_Weight
      Attribute Label:
      mass of total gut contents
      Attribute Definition:
      mass of total gut contents
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: gram
      Precision: 0.001
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.000 (Value was not recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      Seagrass_%Content
      Attribute Label:
      percentage of gut contents composed of seagrass matter
      Attribute Definition:
      percentage of gut contents composed of seagrass matter
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: integer
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value was not recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      Algae_Content_(%)
      Attribute Label:
      percentage of gut contents composed of algae matter
      Attribute Definition:
      percentage of gut contents composed of algae matter
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: integer
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value was not recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      Animal_Content_(%)
      Attribute Label:
      percentage of gut contents composed of animal matter
      Attribute Definition:
      percentage of gut contents composed of animal matter
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: integer
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value was not recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      Stomach_Content
      Attribute Label:
      mass of stomach contents only
      Attribute Definition:
      mass of stomach contents only
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: gram
      Precision: 0.001
      Number Type: real
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999.000 (Value was not recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      SC_%Seagrass
      Attribute Label:
      percentage of stomach contents composed of seagrass matter
      Attribute Definition:
      percentage of stomach contents composed of seagrass matter
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: integer
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value was not recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      SC_Seagrass_Species
      Attribute Label:
      Species of seagrass present in Stomach contents
      Attribute Definition:
      Species of seagrass present in Stomach contents
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      Species of seagrass present in Stomach contents
      Missing Value Code:
      NA (No usable data recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      SC_%Algae
      Attribute Label:
      percentage of stomach contents composed of algae matter
      Attribute Definition:
      percentage of stomach contents composed of algae matter
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: integer
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value was not recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      SC_Algae_Species
      Attribute Label:
      ID of algae present in Stomach contents
      Attribute Definition:
      ID of algae present in Stomach contents
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      ID of algae present in Stomach contents
      Missing Value Code:
      NA (No usable data recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      SC_%Animal
      Attribute Label:
      percentage of stomach contents composed of animal matter
      Attribute Definition:
      percentage of stomach contents composed of animal matter
      Storage Type:
      data
      Measurement Scale:
      Units: percent
      Precision: 1
      Number Type: integer
      Missing Value Code:
      -9999 (Value was not recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      Notes_Content_of_Species
      Attribute Label:
      Notes on stomach contents
      Attribute Definition:
      Notes on stomach contents
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      Notes on stomach contents
      Missing Value Code:
      NA (No usable data recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      Sex
      Attribute Label:
      Sex of fish
      Attribute Definition:
      Sex of fish
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      Sex of fish
      Missing Value Code:
      NA (no data recorded)

      Attribute Name:
      Notes
      Attribute Label:
      Misc. notes
      Attribute Definition:
      Misc. notes
      Storage Type:
      text
      Measurement Scale:
      Misc. notes
      Missing Value Code:
      NA (no data recorded)


  • Methods
    Sampling Description
    Fish trap catch data

    Method Step

    Description
    Fish trap catch data

    Instrumentation
    rectangular fish traps 34 x 24 x 21 cm in size with 1.2 x 1.3 cm rectangular mesh

    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
    Gut content data

    Instrumentation
    human observer

    Method Step

    Description
    Stable isotope values

    Instrumentation
    GC IR Mass Spectrometer

    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_004.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, stable isotopes, Shark Bay Eastern Gulf, World Heritage Site, ecological research, long-term monitoring, fish communities, microhabitat, water temperature, salinity, visibility, Delta 15N, Delta 13C, isotopes, muscle, blood, mass, fish weight, stomach contents, Western Australia, fish traps, stable isotopes
  • Dataset Contact
    • Name: Dr Michael 
    • Position: Co- PI
    • Organization: Heithaus
    • 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 
    • Position: Laboratory manager
    • Organization: Gastrich
    • 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:  Fish trap catch, set, and environmental data from Shark Bay Marine Park, Western Australia

    Entity Name:
    ST_TDCS_Heithaus_004.txt
    Entity Description:
    Fish trap catch, set, and environmental data from Shark Bay Marine Park, Western Australia
    Object Name:
    ST_TDCS_Heithaus_004.txt
    Number of Header Lines:
    1
    Attribute Orientation:
    column
    Field Delimiter:
    ,
    Number of Records:
    1486