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dc.contributor.authorMelancon, Rachel
dc.contributor.authorLane, Suzanne
dc.contributor.authorSpeakman, Todd
dc.contributor.authorHart, Leslie
dc.contributor.authorSinclair, Carrie
dc.contributor.authorAdams, Jeff
dc.contributor.authorRosel, Patricia
dc.contributor.authorSchwacke, Lori
dc.identifier.citationMelancon, R., Lane, S., Speakman, T., Hart, L., Sinclair, C., Adams, J., Rosel, P. and Schwacke, L. (2011) Photo-identification field and laboratory protocols utilizing FinBase version 2. Lafayette, LA, NOAA, NMFS, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 52pp. (NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-SEFSC-627). DOI:
dc.description.abstractMarine mammal photo-identification surveys are conducted for multiple reasons that include estimating or evaluating abundance, survival, spatial and temporal habitat use, social structure and/or health. Surveys are performed along set tracklines in designated survey areas. When animals are sighted during a survey they are digitally photographed with an effort to capture images of all animals in a sighting for individual identification. Additionally, ancillary data and observations of the animals are recorded onto datasheets. The data obtained is then entered into FinBase, a customizable database system for managing photo-identification catalogs. These protocols were designed for small boat based dolphin photo-identification surveys, but can be utilized for any type of photo-identification surveys. Since FinBase is customizable the user can make changes to fit the needs of their specific survey. All the data and cropped images collected from photo-identification surveys can be stored in and managed with FinBase. Using the cropped images a catalog of individuals can be created and structured based on the attributes assigned to each animal. Within FinBase the user can track the sighting history of each individual, mother and calf relationships, and known associates of the individual.en_US
dc.publisherNOAA NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Centeren_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesNOAA Technical Memorandum;NMFS-SEFSC-627
dc.rightsCC0 1.0 Universal*
dc.subject.otherMarine mammals
dc.subject.otherPhoto identification
dc.subject.otherIOOS Marine Life
dc.titlePhoto-Identification field and laboratory protocols utilizing FinBase Version 2.en_US
dc.publisher.placeLafayette, LAen_US
dc.subject.dmProcessesData acquisitionen_US
dc.subject.dmProcessesData processingen_US
dc.subject.dmProcessesMetadata managementen_US
dc.description.eovMarine turtles, birds, mammals abundance and distributionen_US
dc.description.ebvSpecies distributionsen_US
dc.description.ebvSpecies abundancesen_US

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