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Lost Gear Data Card (Full)

This is a data gathering template (Excel Spreasheet) that indicates the ideal structure of information relating to lost fishing gear, as identified by GGGI members. From location to gear characteristics, the information structured in this card indicates an ideal set of data relating to any lost fishing gear. Please note not all of this data is required to provide valuable information relating to fishing gear.

Please see more information below regarding best practices/completion for each data type / column, should you be able to collect that data type.

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GGGI Project Data Card

This data card outlines the minimum requirements for data collection that any GGGI supported project should be able to complete. The complete data card is a more ideal data set , so if additional data is available that is the more suitable card to complete for survey and recovery missions. However, the minimum data requirements for GGGI project work can be met with the card available below.

Please see more information below regarding best practices/completion for each data type / column, should you be able to collect that data type.

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Data type guidelines

The list below matches each heading in the downloadable datacard. There is inforation relating to each data type on how data should be recorded (units, how to handle estimations, when certain data should be included).

Response type: Number

Numbering your records assists us in referencing them later, especially if some records have issues being imported into the database, we can more easily examine that record quickly. These can be simple consecutive integrers that can be filled-down using excel prior to submission but after data collection.

Response type: Date in the format YYYY-MM-DD

The date that the related event (observed fishing gear) was recorded on. Please estimate if exact date is unknown. The date format of YYYY-MM-DD is most convienient to integrate into our database, however if you are unable to adjust dates to this format, we are able to read most date formats so long as it is highlighted at time of upload.

Response type: Time in format hh:mm

The time that the related event (observed fishing gear) was recorded at. If this data is unavailable please leave blank. The time format of hh:mm is most convienient to integrate into our database, however if you are unable to adjust times to this format, we are able to read most date formats so long as it is highlighted at time of upload.

Response type: Latitude in decimal format, no additional symbols other than "-"

Decimal format (i.e. decimal degrees) is preferred as our system will always convert to this format. Decimal longitude expresses position as a fraction (e.g. 38.8897). Numbers are positive for North and West, negative for South and East. Please provide as many decimal places as possible. Submission in DMS (Degrees Minutes Seconds) is possible, as well as submission specifying NESW rather than positive negative, however please highlight this at time of submission.

Response type: Longitude in decimal format, no additional symbols other than "-"

Decimal format (i.e. decimal degrees) is preferred as our system will always convert to this format. Decimal Longitude expresses position as a fraction (e.g. 24.8897). Numbers are positive for North and West, negative for South and East. Please provide as many decimal places as possible. Submission in DMS (Degrees Minutes Seconds) is possible, as well as submission specifying NESW rather than positive negative, however please highlight this at time of submission.

Response type: Text

The name of the country that the gear was recovered in. If international waters, leave blank.

Response type: Text

If location is only known by name, and no other positional data is available, please provide that name. GGGI systems will locate based on offical place names that are searchable. For example "Lundy Beach". Where possible, please provice place names in English.

Response type: Text

Please describe the type of location the net has been recovered from. E.g. sea bed / beach / shoreline / port etc. Short descriptions (under 100 characters) preferable

Response type: Number of metres

If recovered underwater, please state the depth in metres, if known. Please estimate if unknown. If gear was found at multiple depths, estimate average.

Response type: "Yes" or "No"

Please state weather or not fishing gear of any type was found at this location. If a survey was conducted and no gear was found, this is valuable information.

Response type: "Net", "Pot", "Trap", "Line", "FAD", "Misc"

Specifying gear class, i.e. broad type of gear. If recovered or identified gear is unidentifiable or an emalgum of multiple types select either "Misc" or the predominant type present.

Response type: Text / Numbers

If any unique identifying code is attached to the gear (i.e. fishing net ID tags, FAD identifier serial numbers etc.) These may be all numeric, or mixture of text and number. If uncertain if any identifying code is present, please include any possible codes.

Response type: "Yes" or "No"

Specify weather or not the type (i.e. specific gear type such as "Gill net" or "Recreational shrimp trap"). This field is simply to confirm or deny that the gear is of a known type. This information is valuable independantly from the data relating to the type itself.

Response type: Text, descriptive

Specific gear type such as "Gill net" or "Recreational shrimp trap". Responses can be descriptive, but should be short i.e. two to three words.

Response type: Number of kilograms

Mass of observed or recovered gear, dry if possible, in kilograms.

Response type: Number or metres squared

Area of observed or recovered gear, in square metres.

Response type: Number of metres

If gear is piled (e.g. on shorline mass deposits of net conglomorate) please measure or estimate the height of that pile in metres.

Response type: "Yes" or "No"

Please state weather or not the gear observed was recovered (either by your action or to the best of your knowledge close to the time of your observation).

Response type: Length, in mm

The stretched mesh size of a fishing net, is the distance between two opposite apexes of a single square of mesh stretched so that those two points are as far apart from each other as possible. This information is crucial to identifying a type of net, as the size of a single square of mesh is a signiture characteristic for a type of net.

Response type: Text, descriptive

Specify the type of the material that makes up the net itself. Multi-stranded, braided, single filament, synthetic or natural fibers etc.

Response type: Measurement, mm

The stimated or measured thickness of a single twine of net material. Estimate if no measurement is possible. Decimal sub 1mm estimations are valid (i.e. 0.5)

Response type: "Yes" or "No"

Are net mesh apexes created by knots in the net material?

Response type: Number, integer

Some nets are made from a single filament of material creating a mesh ("mono filament nets") while others have multiple strands either in parallel or braided ("poly filament nets")

Response type: Text, descriptive

Specify if the material of the net is from an apparantly symthetic (plastic like) or natural (e.g. hemp) materials.

Response type: "Yes" or "No"

Examples of attachments are lines, lead weights, and floats. There may also be miscellanious other items all of qwhich qualify. If there are other type of gear entangled with a piece of fishing gear, these are not considered attachments. Attachements are any gear paraphanlia that are designed to attach to that type of gear.

Response type: Text,, descriptive

Please provide a short description of the attachments found

Response type: Text, descriptive

If a fishing net is more than 50% one colour, please specify that here.

Response type: Text, descriptive

If there is a predominant secondary colour of net fibres or materials , please specify that here.

Response type: Text, descriptive

Please specify the primary material of a pot or trap. If it is a predominantly wooden trap with metal fasteners, please specify "Wood". Typical responses will be "Metal", "Wood", "Plastic"

Response type: Measurement, metres

Estimate or measure the width of the pot or trap at its widest part. If it is a rectangular shape, measure the length of its longest side.

Response type: "Commercial" or "Artisinal"

FADs are typically either made for commercial use (usually made of metal and plastic, with identifying features) or small scale personal use (usually made of miscellanious materials, wood or a colleciton of floats). Please specify which of these a FAD you have observed is most likely to be.

Response type: Text/Number

FADs can have identifying codes, marks or other signifiers. If any such markers exist please note them here.

Response type: "Yes" or "No"

Are there any organisms, dead or alive, of any type entangled or other wise present in the fishing gear observed.

Response type: "Dead", "Alive", "Both", "Unknown"

Please estimate the status of those organisms. Note if there are multiple types or you are uncertain please use either "Both" or "Unknown".

Response type: "Yes" or "No"

Specify weather or not you are able to state or estimate the species of animal entangled in the net. If this is a marine entanglement survey - if possible create a new record (line in the spreadsheet) for each animal entangled. This will not result in multiple instances of the same gear being recorded as long as position time and gear type are unique.

Response type: Text, descriptive

Specify via short description the name of the species if known. If available / known state both the common name and scientific name. An ideal response would be e.g. "Harbor Seal, Phoca vitulina". If one or the other classification is known, this is valid.

Response type: Number, integer

Total count of fish present in the gear. Alive or dead, of any type. Estimation is valid.

Response type: Number, integer

Total count of mammals present in the gear. Alive or dead, of any type. Estimation is valid.

Response type: Number, integer

Total count of invertebrates present in the gear. Alive or dead, of any type. Estimation is valid.

Response type: Number, integer

Total count of birds present in the gear. Alive or dead, of any type. Estimation is valid.

Response type: Number, integer

Total count of curstaceans present in the gear. Alive or dead, of any type. Estimation is valid.