Locations of pinniped breeding colonies in the Falkland Islands

The dataset contains all the availble information about location and counts (as number of pups born at the colony) for Southern sea lions, South American fur seal and elephant seals in the Falkland Islands. This dataset was prepared as part of the Darwin Plus- funded project 'Marine Spatial Planning for the Falkland Islands' (July 2014-July 2016).

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Last Updated December 21, 2020, 10:01 (PST)
Created January 30, 2020, 05:20 (PST)
Region Falkland Islands
Language eng
Topic Category Biota; flora and/or fauna in natural environment
Temporal Extent Start 2003-01-01
Temporal Extent End 2015-12-31
Dataset Reference Date 2015
Lineage The sea lion data is from Alistair Baylis based on an island-wide survey (in summer 2013-14) (see Baylis, A.M., Orben, R.A., Arnould, J.P., Christiansen, F., Hays, G.C., and Staniland, I.J. (Accepted). Disentangling the cause of a catastrophic population decline in a large marine mammal. Ecology). The elephant seal breeding locations are from the Elephant Seal research Group and the fur seal data were digitised from publications (Baylis, A.M., Arnould, J.P., and Staniland, I.J. (2014). Diet of South American fur seals at the Falkland Islands. Marine Mammal Science 30, 1210-1219) estimates based on anecdotal numbers found in books, reports or papers. For instance 625 elephant seal pups were born on Sea Lion Island in 2013-14. The total Falklands population of fur seals is estimated at approximately 19,000 with 75% of these animals breeding in the Jason Islands, and in general a 17.7% of pinniped populations is made of lactating females i.e. equal to the number of pups born annually. Therefore an estimate pup production was calculated and was distributed across locations with 75 % across the Jason Islands colonies and the remainder equally placed in between the other locations. The values for fur seals were estimated to allow modeling of important areas for marine megafauna in the MSP project and are not to be used for monitoring as they do not represent actual figures on-the-ground counts. The attributes for each point location are: Species, Location (the name of the island or area), Count (the number of pups born at the colony), and Year (the year the count was conducted or estimated for).
West Longitude 187939.31
South Latitude 4135629.42
East Longitude 449777.14
North Latitude 4340527.35
Spatial Reference System UTM 21S WGS84
Responsible Organisation Name Hidden (personal data protection)
Contact Mail Address Hidden (personal data protection)
Responsible Party Role Hidden (personal data protection)
Access Limitations Restricted, send data request to data owner
Use Constraints Open, but copyright and/or Intellectual Property Rights apply
Resource Reference Please acknowledge data source as: SAERI Marine Spatial Planning. A Darwin PLUS Initiative project funded by the UK government
Data Format shape
Update Frequency not planned
Accuracy Between 100m and 2km depending on data source used for making the dataset
Resource Type Dataset
Original Title Hidden (internal use only)
Metadata Date 2015-10-01
Metadata Point of Contact datamanager@saeri.ac.fk
Contact Consent Contact details hidden
Unique Resource ID FK-SAERI-218

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