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US Biologically Important Areas for Cetaceans - Small and Resident Population

US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Added 15 Sep 2016
  • Updated 30 Aug 2018

Small and Resident Population Biologically Important Areas (BIAs) for Cetaceans include areas and months within which small and resident populations occupying a limited geographic extent. BIAs were defined by compiling the best available information from scientific literature (including books, peer-reviewed articles, and government or contract reports), unpublished data (sighting, acoustic, tagging, genetic, photo identification), and expert knowledge. This information was then used to create written summaries and maps highlighting areas shoreward of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone that are biologically important to cetacean species (or populations), either seasonally or year-round. Other BIA types include migratory corridor, reproduction, and feeding.

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RegionsAlaska, California, Hawaii, Maine, Bahamas
MetadataDublin Core

Technical Details

Layer ID 20873
Data type Vector polygon
Feature count 110
Attributes Months_Active, STArea, Name, Time_Active, Unique_Identifier, Region, Stock_Population_Name, km, Scientific_Name, ORIG_FID, Common_Name, Migration_Direction, Type, STLength
Services Vector Query API


Added 15 Sep 2016 ago
Last checked 1 Sep 2018 ago
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