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Great Lakes Research Vessel Operations 1958-2018: OP. (ver. 3.0, April 2019)


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U.S. Geological Survey, Great Lakes Science Center, 2019, Great Lakes Research Vessel Operations 1958-2018: OP. (ver. 3.0, April 2019): U.S. Geological Survey data release,


These data have been collected on various vessel operations on the Great Lakes and select connecting waterways. This vessel operations data set is part of and connected to a larger database of Great Lakes research that includes trawl and gillnet catch data, sample information of fish species caught, as well as effort applied, operation conditions, and location details. The larger database also contains data on hydroacoustics, ichthyoplankton, zooplankton, zebra mussel, and benthos samples collected. Multiple operations were conducted on all Great Lakes each year (1958-2016) beginning in early spring and ending in late fall. Each vessel operation was completed for a specific purpose, or target mission, which are enumerated in this data [...]


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rvcat-diagram-OP-withRef2.pdf 40.64 KB
EBT.csv 5.03 MB
OP.csv 13.98 MB
OP_TARGET.csv 706.8 KB


Operations data represented here were collected and used in connection with numerous research projects, reports to various organizations on Great Lakes' ecosystem health, and for longitudinal data about environmental conditions and species inhabiting the Great Lakes.

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