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Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 2023: IVR Herring Database,

Item Identification

Title: IVR Herring Database
Short Name: IVR Herring Database
Status: In Work
Publication Date: 2013-01-16

This database contains weekly reports submitted by herring vessels with IVR reporting requirements.


To store data called into the NMFS IVR system by vessels with Federal Atlantic herring permits and mandatory IVR reporting requirements.

Other Citation Details:

50 CFR 648.7

Supplemental Information:

Information is stored in tables owned by QMDBS


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None commercial
None commercial fishing
None coooperative research
None fdsd
None fisheries data services division
None fishery dependent data
None fso
None herring
None interactive voice response
None nero
None quota monitoring
None research set-aside
None rsa
None scientific research
None tilefish
None vessel reporting

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 2000-present

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None atlantic
None connecticut
None ct
None de
None delaware
None georges bank
None gloucester
None gulf of maine
None ma
None maine
None maryland
None massachusetts
None md
None me
None mid-atlantic
None ne
None new england
None new hampshire
None new jersey
None new york
None nh
None nj
None northeast
None northeast atlantic
None northeast u.s.
None northern atlantic
None northwest atlantic
None ny
None rhode island
None ri
None va
None virginia

Stratum Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 888-284-4904
None area
None catch
None charter boat
None effort
None for-hire
None gear
None ivr
None partyboat
None recreational
None species

Physical Location

Organization: Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office
City: Gloucester
State/Province: MA
Country: USA
Location Description:

Fisheries Data Services Division (FDSD)

55 Great Republic Drive

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: Database
Maintenance Frequency: Daily
Data Presentation Form: Table (digital)

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 270198
Date Effective From: 2005
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Ferguson, Alison
Address: 55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930
United States
Email Address:
Phone: 978-281-9209
Fax: 978-281-9161


CC ID: 270184
Date Effective From: 2005
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO)
Address: 55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone: (978)281-9300
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 EST

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 64469
Date Effective From: 2000-01-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Ferguson, Alison
Address: 55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930
United States
Email Address:
Phone: 978-281-9209
Fax: 978-281-9161

Point of Contact

CC ID: 64468
Date Effective From: 2010-01-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): St Cyr, James R
Address: 55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930
Email Address:
Phone: 978-281-9369


Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 62763

Generally from the US/Canadian maritime boundary south to the Virginia/North Carolina maritime boundary, seaward to the perimeter of the EEZ (200 miles from shore).

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 63961
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 2000-01-01

Beginning in January 2000, vessels holding a limited-access Atlantic herring permit were required to submit weekly catch reports via the NMFS IVR call-in system. Open-access herring vessels were required to report to the IVR system if they landed > 2000 pounds of herring on a trip.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 2

CC ID: 64480
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 2011-09-08

Beginning in September of 2011, limited-access herring vessels no longer have IVR reporting requirements and instead need to report daily to the VMS system. Open access herring vessels must report to IVR if they land any herring, regardless of poundage.

Access Information

Security Class: Sensitive
Security Classification System:

IVR reports are considered to be business confidential and may not be released without signed approval of the permit holder on record for the time period requested.

Data Access Policy:

Access to IVR data is governed by 50CFR600 - Confidentiality of Information. Access by state fishery management agency staff and Fisheries Management Council staff may be allowed through Memorandum of Understanding that are signed by the NE Regional Administrator and Directors of the State Agency or Councils that describe the need and uses of the data and list the individuals who will have access to the data. Contractors may be granted access provided they are working under contract to NOAA or a cooperating partner (state, Council, Commission) on a specific project under the oversight of a partner.

Data Access Procedure:

Contact POC to request access.

Data Access Constraints:

Access is restricted to personnel authorized in accordance with NOAA Administrative Order 216-100. A signed non-disclosure agreement must be on file for all authorized personnel. The APSD Data Request staff are the POC for non-disclosure forms.

Data Use Constraints:

Access to individual reports is restricted to NOAA employees and our partners who have signed non-disclosure agreements. Summary data may be made available based on the "rule of 3", i.e., there must be at least three entities included in a summary for the summary information to be made publically available. Data may be made available if there is no information included that could uniquely link the information to an individual entity (person, vessel operating unit, business, etc.). Individually identifiable information may not be released without written authorization from the provider or by court order.

Metadata Use Constraints:

There are no constraints on the use of the metadata associated with this program.



CC ID: 64483
URL Type:


Notification and Reporting Requirements

Reminder for Owners and Operators of Limited Access Vessels


CC ID: 85547
URL Type:

Expanded reporting guide


CC ID: 85548
URL Type:

Atlantic herring information sheet


CC ID: 85549
URL Type:

Herring Letter of Authorization information sheet

Technical Environment


Data is collected via an externally hosted phone call-in system, which transmits to a GARFO hosted web API and backend database.

Data Quality


Data is considered representative of the Herring fishery.


IVR Reported data is considered a hail or 'best estimate' of what the vessel landed. Vessel Trip Reports or dealer reported data should be used for more accurate reporting totals.

Completeness Report:

IVR reported data can be considered complete within the boundaries of IVR reporting requirements. Vessel Trip Reports or dealer reported data should be used for more accurate reporting totals.

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

GARFO has established an "industry data investigation" (IDI) team whose responsibility is to investigate and correct data errors on GARFO's critical datasets including vessel trip reports, dealer reports, and various associated fishing activity reports. This includes IVR datasets. QC on these datasets is performed regularly since data is securely displayed on various web portals to its owners. JIRA is the tool used for tracking quality control.

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
If Distributor (Data Hosting Service) is Needed, Please Indicate: Not needed
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: 1 week
Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: NCEI-MD
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: 1 month
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

Access to this data is tightly controlled. Most access is read-only. Write access is given only after data owners have authorized (accompanied by a signed NDA), and data is usually edited via an access controlled application. Data is QAQC'd on a regular basis, and backed up both to disk and tape on a daily basis.


Lineage Statement:

The IVR system is a telephone based reporting system which allows fishermen to call in data for their fishing activity. They authenticate with a permit number and PIN, then keypunch in responses to various questions. When the call is ended, data is automatically transmitted to GARFO databases. Data can then be edited or accessed via different methods, including direct table access, internal GUI access, internal fishtank access, and Fish Online access.

GARFO has recently deployed a web interface for collecting this data, an optional method for fishermen to report.



CC ID: 834680

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 834681


Process Contact: Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO)
Phone (Voice): (978)281-9300
Source: N/A

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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 11159
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:11159
Metadata Record Created By: Alison Ferguson
Metadata Record Created: 2011-07-28 14:33+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2016-02-25
Owner Org: GARFO
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2016-02-25
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2017-02-25