Animal-matched acoustic detection information plus associated satellite oceanographic readings, in support of publications in MEPS and ICES Journal of Marine Science

Species locations obtained from acoustic telemetry are rarely related to the dynamic ocean conditions the marine animals were experiencing at receiver locations. Satellite-measured sea surface conditions from the MODIS-Aqua platform provide measurements of oceanographic conditions on time (daily) and space (1 km2) scales relevant to acoustic telemetry studies. Here we provide a dataset of matched species occurrence data, along with the concurrent static (bathymetry) and dynamic (remotely sensed sea surface conditions) environmental variables, for approximately 5 years (2009-2014) of acoustic telemetry data in the Delaware Bay and nearby coastal ocean. Our dataset focuses on two species of interest, the Sand Tiger (Carcharias taurus) and the Atlantic Sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrhynchus oxyrhynchus).