IOOS Biological Data Services Implementation in SECOORA

US IOOS has developed and implemented data content and access standards for IOOS biological core variables (Fish and Zooplankton species and abundance) to promote interoperability. Following the implementation of these data services in the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center through PacIOOS, IOOS extended this project to SECOORA amd GCOOS-RA.

The project objectives were 1) to extend  the IOOS Data Management and Communication (DMAC) biological data services (i.e. content standards for IOOS biological core variables (i.e. Fish/Zooplankton species and abundance) and common access standards using NOAA Environmental Research Division’s Data Access Program (ERDDAP) ( as the access service) to new geography, partners, dataset sources and/or applications 2) to accomplish this by implementing this biological data services in SECOORA and GCOOS-RA

The observations used for this project were from NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Science Center Cooperative Comparative Assessment of Gulf Estuarine ecoSystems (CAGES) created by NMFS-Galveston that compiles estuarine trawl data collected independently by the five Gulf States (TX, LA, MS, AL, & FL), Fish and Wildlife Commission Fisheries Independent Monitoring Surveys (FWC/FIM) data ( and  South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR), Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment and Prediction (MARMAP) program data ( The implementation was based on customer requirements that were identified at the start of this project.

The effort was comprised of a wide collaboration of organizations and partners, including: US Integrated Ocean Observing System (US IOOS) NOAA program office; Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA); Gulf Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association(GCOOS-RA); NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC); NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC); NOAA, National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)/National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC); NOAA. Fisheries/Office of Science and Technology (OST); South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (DNR, SC); Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (GSMFC); Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC); Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC/FWRI); Roffer's Inc and U.S. Geological Survey /Ocean Biogeographic Information System (USGS/OBIS-USA)

Project Team: Hassan Moustahfid (NOAA/ IOOS)- Project Manager; Vembu Subramanian, SECOORA; Matthew Howard , GCOOS-RA;  Steven Baum GCOOS-RA; Philip Goldstein, USGS/OBIS-USA; Bob Simons, SWFSC/ERD; Julie Bosch, NOAA NCDDC; Scott Cross, NOAA NCDDC; Harmon Brown, NOAA, SEFSC, Galveston; Tracy Smart, SCDNR

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