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Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 2024: Biological Samples Database (BSD),

Item Identification

Title: Biological Samples Database (BSD)
Short Name: Biological Sample Data
Status: In Work

The Biological Sampling Database (BSD) is an Oracle relational database that is maintained at the NMFS Panama City Laboratory and NOAA NMFS Beaufort Laboratory. Data set includes port samples of reef fish species collected from commercial and recreational fishery landings in the U.S. South Atlantic (NC - FL Keys). The data set serves as an inventory of samples stored at the NMFS Beaufort Laboratory as well as final processed data. Information that may be inlcuded for each sample is trip level information, species, size meansurements, age, sex and reproductive data.


To investigate the biology and life history of economically important fisheries such as reef fish.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None bluefin tuna
None gonads
None Hard Parts
None observer samples
None otoliths
None scales
None spines
None TIP
None Trip Interview Program
None tuna

Physical Location

Organization: Southeast Fisheries Science Center
City: Miami
State/Province: FL
Country: USA
Location Description:

Location Of The Main Office Of The South East Fisheries Science Center

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: 225726
Date Effective From: 2010
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Barnett, Beverly K
Address: 3500 Delwood Beach Road
Panama City, FL 32408-7403
United States
Email Address:
Phone: 850-234-6541 x 232
Fax: 850-235-3559


CC ID: 225729
Date Effective From: 2010
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Panama City Laboratory (PANLAB)
Address: 3500 Delwood Beach Road
Panama City, FL 32408
Phone: 850.234.6541

Point of Contact

CC ID: 225731
Date Effective From: 2010
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Barnett, Beverly K
Address: 3500 Delwood Beach Road
Panama City, FL 32408-7403
United States
Email Address:
Phone: 850-234-6541 x 232
Fax: 850-235-3559

Point of Contact

CC ID: 273769
Date Effective From: 2010
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Williams, Erik
Address: 101 Pivers Island Rd
Beaufort, NC 28516
Email Address:
Phone: 252-728-8603
Fax: 252-728-8784
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

View Historical Support Roles


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 204960
W° Bound: -97
E° Bound: -74
N° Bound: 37
S° Bound: 24

Please note that these boundaries are not all-inclusive as shown on map and should only be inclusive of fisheries in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida) and Atlantic Ocean waters from North Carolina to Florida. Our data sets do not include fisheries in the Bahamas.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 225733
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 2010

Extent Group 2

Extent Group 2 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 273772
W° Bound: -82
E° Bound: -71
N° Bound: 36
S° Bound: 24

Gulf Of Mexico And U.S. South Atlantic Ocean

Extent Group 2 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 273771
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1992

Access Information

Security Class: Sensitive
Security Handling Description:

Data cannot be released to the general public.

Data Access Policy:

Data are available only to individuals who have signed confidentiality agreements with NMFS.

Data Access Procedure:

Data are accessed only from secure SEFSC servers and storage devices.

Data Access Constraints:

Waiver Needed

Data Use Constraints:

Please respect confidentiality rules and cite appropriately.

Metadata Access Constraints:


Metadata Use Constraints:

Please cite appropriately.

Technical Environment


Oracle Database -- Schema BSD.

Data Quality

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

There are multiple sampling programs (federal, state, etc.) whose biological samples and corresponding data are received and housed in the Bio-Sample Database. The data corresponding to the biological samples are received through linkage to TIP and uploaded data through a template. The digital data are verified for receipt and accuracy with the biological samples. Any discrepancies between the digital data and any information written on the biological samples are noted, and the sampling program is notified, and a request is made for clarification. Data are edited only when the sampling program advises of the correction and then the verified and corrected data is received into BSD.

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: No
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: 0
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: No
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: 365
If Delay is Longer than Latency of Automated Processing, Indicate Under What Authority Data Access is Delayed:

This data is currently wavered under the current NOAA guidelines for relational databases.

Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: To Be Determined
If To Be Determined, Unable to Archive, or No Archiving Intended, Explain:

The archival process is currently under development.

Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: 365
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

The data resides on a secure database server only accessible through the NMFS network requiring separate multi-factor authentication for both network and database access.


Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 282932

The BSD is linked directly to the SEFSC TIP database (Oracle). When samples are received from TIP port agents, the BSD retrieves the electronic data from TIP by interview ID. Other data sources than TIP can also be uploaded to the BSD by use of an Upload Template. The electronic data received from another source (e.g. Florida FWCC) are formatted to match TIP codes and then uploaded to BSD. All physical samples are verifiied against the electronic data before upload.



CC ID: 75218
Date: 2009-10-15 00:00:00
Author: David Gloeckner

How are species logs proofed?


Approximately February 1st of each year, we print a copy of each Species Log (titled: Species Proofing Log) showing samples that were received from the previous year. For example: 2008 RS Proofing Log would consist of all red snapper collections that were logged in for 2008 (i.e., PC collection #s 1 ? 450). The Species Proofing Logs consist of all data that is recorded on the Species Logs (i.e., PC collection #, date, source, source #, state, location, collector, # of gonads, # of otoliths, mode, gear, and collection comments). All Species Logs are placed in a binder so that PCLAB personnel can sign out one species at a time to be proofed. PCLAB personnel will initial the `sign out? sheet, annotate the `proofing start date?, and when proofing is completed for a particular species, they will annotate the `proofing end date? on the sign out sheet. PCLAB personnel will compare the data from the data sheet (taken to complete the Species Log) to the data entered in the computer (Species Proofing Log) and make any corrections that may be necessary.

Approximately April 1st of each year, we will look at each Species Log showing samples that were received from the previous year to see if any collections have been received after the first Species Proofing Log sheet was printed. This ensures that all collections thus far received for the previous year will be proofed and will be accounted for when the Annual Report of Samples Received at PCLAB is completed (due date for this report is June 1st of each year).

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 11312
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:11312
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2011-09-27 10:39+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-08-02 11:53+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2022-06-03
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2022-06-03
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2023-06-03