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Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, 2023: United Fishing Agency Fish Auction Sampling Data,

Item Identification

Title: United Fishing Agency Fish Auction Sampling Data
Status: In Work

Contains information collected such as: lengths, weights, sex, quantity, species, etc. from various bottomfish and pelagic species during frequent visits to the United Fishing Agency Fish Auction in Honolulu, Hawaii.


To collect lengths and weights for size composition analysis and compare lengths of MHI vs. NWHI species that would otherwise be unattainable.


The UFA fish auction provides an easily accessible, efficient means of collecting valuable life history data.

Supplemental Information:

Dataset was created for the information collected from bottomfish species but during seasonal and TAC closures the sampling focus shifted to pelagic species. Opah is strongly represented in this dataset due to the discovery of a cryptic species and the additional sampling associated with this discover. Its frequent occurrence within this dataset is not an indicator of abundance, but rather a result of species-specific sampling.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None bottomfish
None fish auction
None LHP
None pelagic
None UFA

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI)
None Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI)

Physical Location

Organization: Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
City: Honolulu
State/Province: HI
Country: USA
Location Description:

The Life History Program has relocated to the Honolulu IRC facility on Ford Island hence; most data sets are stored there.

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: Files
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Data Presentation Form: Table (digital)
Entity Attribute Overview:

Paper data forms containing lengths and weights of fish sampled located at the IRC. All data originally recorded on paper has been entered into an Excel Spreadsheet. In November 2010, a barcode scanning device was utilized at the auction, during the time the barcode scanner was in use, hand-written data forms were not recorded. Data is updated often and some of the data is accessible using an Oracle database.

Entity Attribute Detail Citation:

Referred to as UFA_Main in Oracle Database

Support Roles


CC ID: 233459
Date Effective From: 2015
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC)
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
Email Address:
Phone: 808-725-5360
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Point of Contact

CC ID: 1268755
Date Effective From: 2023-08
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Schemmel, Eva M
Email Address:
Contact Instructions:

Contact via email.

View Historical Support Roles


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 42968
W° Bound: 165
E° Bound: -120
N° Bound: 45
S° Bound: 0

Exact locations are not known, it is impossible to match up each fish from the auction to corresponding fish caught aboard a specific vessel but a very generalized location can be found using the date and vessel name to searching information provided by the PIRO longline observer program and fishermen via the Longline Logbook data. Most species are within the vicinity of the Hawaiian Archipelago; it is noted if the fish has been imported.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 42969
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 2007-10-18

Access Information

Security Class: Sensitive
Security Classification System:

Dataset contains confidential fisheries data.

Data Access Procedure:

Send written request to PIFSC and get approval by the PIFSC data owner.

Data Access Constraints:

Required Confidentiality forms must be submitted for review before access is granted.

Data Quality

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

QC review prior to data entry. Further QC after data entry.

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: Yes
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: Unknown
Do these Data Comply with the Data Access Directive?: Yes
Is Access to the Data Limited Based on an Approved Waiver?: Yes
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: 1 Year
Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: NCEI-MD
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: 1 Year
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

PIFSC ITS performs regularly scheduled backups of shared drives.


Lineage Statement:

Data was collected in the field by PIFSC staff, and entered in table format into electronic spreadsheets.

Related Items

Item Type Relationship Type Title
Entity (ENT) Cross Reference CODE: List of Bottomfish Species

List of some (not all) bottomfish species encountered at the auction.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 10841
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:10841
Metadata Record Created By: Meagan A Sundberg
Metadata Record Created: 2011-02-16 18:32+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Brent M Miyamoto
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-08-26 01:20+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-07-23
Owner Org: PIFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2019-07-23
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-07-23