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Professional Specialty Groups

The Fisheries Information System program's Professional Specialty Groups convene experts from multiple disciplines in order to address a specific need or issue that is identified by the program management team, The PSGs are composed of representatives from NOAA Fisheries headquarters, regional offices, science centers, Fisheries Information Networks and state partners. There are currently three PSGs: Electronic Technologies, Highly Migratory Species, and Quality Management and Continuous Improvement.

Electronic Technologies PSG


The ET PSG identifies and promotes data collection systems that reduce redundant reporting and improve data quality while fulfilling fishery regulations and confidentiality requirements.  One example of the PSG's effort is the development of the Electronic Reporting Inventory, which catalogs many currently available electronic reporting systems, and their respective capabilities. The PSG currently coordinates with NOAA Fisheries' Electronic Technologies Working Group to support NOAA Fisheries' electronic reporting and monitoring initiatives and to address related issues.

Highly Migratory Species PSG


The HMS PSG was established in September 2017 with the goal of developing a well-documented, easily accessible, and useful Pacific HMS data system that integrates logbook, dealer, and observer data, providing a single point of access to existing databases maintained by individual offices. Because HMS fish travel so widely, crossing many geographic and political boundaries, their management requires the cooperation of U.S. states, territories, the federal government, interstate commissions, and international bodies. Collaboration, cooperation, and communication will guide the creation of a sustainable, agile, and responsive HMS data governance program to support the effective management of these prized fish.

Quality Management and Continuous Improvement PSG


The QM/CI PSG develops and hosts quality management trainings to provide participants with methods and tools for improving data collection and reporting processes in regions across the country. It also guides the implementation of quality management principles and tools into the daily business practices of NOAA Fisheries to ensure continuous process improvement. Members of the group promote the use of QM/CI tools through trainings and outreach. Through this work, the QM/CI PSG is developing and promoting a culture of quality management throughout NOAA Fisheries. The group meets regularly to share ideas and to promote QM/CI principles for the benefit of NOAA Fisheries' headquarters, regional offices, science centers, and partner agencies.


Last updated by Office of Science and Technology on August 04, 2020