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Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 2023: Florida annual general canvass statistics,

Item Identification

Title: Florida annual general canvass statistics
Short Name: Florida annual general canvass statistics
Status: Completed
Creation Date: 1976
Revision Date: 1998

This data set contains annual quantities and value for all seafood products that are landed and sold by established seafood dealers and brokers in Florida. These data are available on computer since the early 1960's. The quantities and values that are reported in this data set include the annual landings for the period 1976 through 1996. Monthly general canvass data are available for this period; however, the monthly data do not include information on the gear used and the fishing area. The gear and fishing area information is only available for annual summaries of the general canvass data for the landings that occurred in Florida and this information is in the Florida Annual General Canvass. See the sections on Links for the reference to the monthly general canvass landings.


One of the original purposes for these data was to provide estimates of the quantities and value of the marine commercial fishing industries throughout the United States as part of the gross national product for the nation. As the fishing industry continued to grow, the importance of this time series became obvious as a method to monitor the trends in commercial fishing activity. Although the initial methods of collecting the general canvass statistics have been replaced with the states? trip ticket programs, monthly summaries from the states? programs are provided to the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in order to maintain the time series established by the general canvass data set.

In addition to trends in landings statistics, the Florida annual general canvass landings data provide comprehensive statistics for the total quantities of marine resources that are caught and brought ashore (landed) for all species that are landed in the State of Florida.

Supplemental Information:

These data duplicate the data in the monthly landings tables for Florida non-shrimp species 1976-1996. Care should be taken when combining data with those files. These are fishery dependent data reported by industry. See Issues for additional caveats.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Commercial Fish
None fishdep
None fishery-dependent
None Florida Annual Canvass
None Florida landings

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 1976-1996

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Florida Atlantic Coast
None Florida Gulf Coast
None Gulf of Mexico
None State of Florida

Stratum Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None annual
None distance from shore
None gear
None species
None waterbody

Physical Location

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

75 Virginia Beach Drive

Miami, FL 33016

Data Set Information

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

Data set contains information on year, state of landing, county of landing, catch area or "waterbody", gear, species, pounds(whole weight)**oysters and clams are pounds (meat)**, ex-vessel value (paid to the fishing vessel), price, distance from shore. Data are from 1976-1996 for FL only.

Entity Attribute Detail Citation:


Entity Attribute Detail URL:

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 803751
Date Effective From: 2017
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Judge, Michael
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
Email Address:
Phone: 305-361-4235
Fax: 305-361-4562


CC ID: 268520
Date Effective From: 1976
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
Phone: (305)361-5761
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 803752
Date Effective From: 2017
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Gloeckner, David
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33139
Email Address:
Phone: 305-361-4257
Fax: 305-361-4460

Point of Contact

CC ID: 4632
Date Effective From: 2006-07-18
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Gloeckner, David
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33139
Email Address:
Phone: 305-361-4257
Fax: 305-361-4460
Contact Instructions:

Phone or email

View Historical Support Roles


Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 4630
W° Bound: -98
E° Bound: -72
N° Bound: 37
S° Bound: 24

The Southern US Atlantic coastal waters from North Carolina to the Florida Keys (Monroe County) out to 200 nautical miles and the US Gulf of Mexico coastal waters from Monroe County, FL through Texas out to 200 nautical miles. The 200 mile limit is the outer boundary of the US Exclusive Economic Zone. (Florida Catch only).

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 4681
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 1976-01-01
End: 1996-12-31

These are annual summaries for Florida non-shrimp species only.

Access Information

Security Class: Sensitive
Security Classification System:

NOAA FORM 58-5 (1-84) TRANSMITTAL 127,

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA Administrative Order 216-100


Date of Issuance: July 26, 1994

Security Handling Description:

NOAA FORM 58-5 (1-84) TRANSMITTAL 127,

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA Administrative Order 216-100


Date of Issuance: July 26, 1994

Data Access Policy:

Password Restricted.

Data Access Procedure:

Read and sign for NOAA Administrative Order 216-100

Read and sign System Access Application (see URLs)

Contact DBA Daniel Leon for userid/password.

Data Access Constraints:

USERID/password required.

Data Use Constraints:

Rule of 3.

Metadata Use Constraints:


Activity Log

Activity Log 1

CC ID: 25452
Activity Date/Time: 2008-01-17
Activity Type: Column Alteration
Responsible Party: Joshua Bennett

Changed width of DEALER column from 9 to 10. This was to accommodate new 10 digit codes from South Carolina. Changes were made to all ALS tables for uniformity.


Issue 1

CC ID: 4683
Issue Date: 2006-07-10

DATA CAVEAT: These data are annual summaries by county, gear, water, species, distance from shore. They are ALSO available on a MONTHLY basis by year, month, dealer, species, pounds and value in ALS.ALS_LANDINGS7278 (for 1976) and ALS.ALS_LANDINGS for 1977-1996. Care must be taken when combining data from these tables as the data are duplicate for FL.

Issue 2

CC ID: 4684
Issue Date: 2006-07-10

CAVEATS for POUNDS: All landed quantities are converted to live or whole weight with the exceptions of oysters and clams, which are converted to pounds of meat. Florida data are reported and stored in landed weight until the end of 1985, after which they are converted to whole weight. Conversion factors are used by the data suppliers to convert landings to whole weight pounds. Generally, these follow standards established in a NMFS Memo `Conversion Factors' issued January 12, 1987; however, conversion factors from Texas and North Carolina may vary from the official NMFS factors. The Texas and North Carolina conversion factors for are available from the states. Care must be used when converting these data back to landed weight. If the original conversion factors are not employed the weight will vary from that of the data supplier. The State of Florida uses the NMFS standard set of factors but applies them according to the typical landed condition of the for most fish species. Florida collects a landed condition for shellfish and for some baitfish.

Issue 3

CC ID: 4685
Issue Date: 2006-07-10

CAVEATS for SPECIES (NMFS_CODE): Some records are identified by generic categories, e.g., snappers, groupers, sharks, etc. and not by individual species. This is especially true for data collected in the earlier years. When long-term trends are required for individual species, adjustments or allocations of the landings for the generic categories need to be made. Examples of these types of analyses can be found in the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) reports. See the address provided in the URLs section.

Issue 4

CC ID: 4690
Issue Date: 2006-07-10

NO SHRIMP DATA: There no shrimp data included in the ALS.GENERAL_CANVASS table. These must come from the monthly landings tables.

Issue 5

CC ID: 4692
Issue Date: 2006-07-10

NOTES on DATA Completeness: All data in the ALS rely on landings reported by industry.

Issue 6

CC ID: 4695
Issue Date: 2006-07-10

DATA QUALITY: The water, gear, and distance from shore information in this table is assigned by NOAA Fisheries Port Agents by means of an annual industry survey. Dealers and fishermen are asked to estimate the percentage of their catch by gear, water, distance, and species. The percentages are then applied to the monthly landings data to produce the annual file.

Technical Environment


Oracle Database

Data Quality


Data provided by industry - seafood dealers - Canvass of landings of all species in SE US and US Caribbean, State or Federally Managed . These are raw data. Data quality parameters vary by individual species and are determined during Stock Assessment. They may be found in the Stock Assessment Reports.

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Visual proofing. 100% completion check by species and county. User id and password. Privilege grants by Oracle DBA

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: NOAA-SEFSC Miami
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: up to 1 year
If Delay is Longer than Latency of Automated Processing, Indicate Under What Authority Data Access is Delayed:

Data were collected on an annual basis.

Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: Other
If World Data Center or Other, Specify: SEFSC Miami
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: data are hsitorical
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

User id and password. Oracle DBA grants privileges.


Lineage Statement:

Landings invoices (trip tickets) are mailed or sent electronically by dealers to State of FL for 1986-1996 or, prior to 1986 mailed or sent to NOAA-SEFSC or collected by NOAA-SEFSC port agents. At year's end port agents obtained general information on catch area, gear, and distance from shore by dealer and species. This was applied on a percentage basis to landings.

Child Items

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Related Items

Item Type Relationship Type Title
Data Set (DS) Cross Reference Annual General Canvass Statistics

The Annual General Canvass data contain Florida landings prior to 1972.

Data Set (DS) Cross Reference Commercial Landings Data monthly summaries (Dealers)

The monthly landings table ALS.ALS_LANDINGS contains duplicate landings of the landings in the FLorida Annual Canvass for non-shrimp species for the years 1976-1996. Care must be taken when combining data from these tables.

Data Set (DS) Cross Reference Puerto Rico Commercial Landings Statistics 1983 and more recent in Accumulated Landings System (ALS) Compatible Format

Puerto Rico Landings

Data Set (DS) Cross Reference Southeast Region 1972-1976 general canvass statistics

The ALS.ALS_LANDINGS7278 table contains Florida landings from 1972-1976. Landings in 1976 are duplicate of 1976 landings in the Florida Annual Canvass data. Care must be taken when combining data from the 2 tables.

Data Set (DS) Cross Reference U.S. Virgin Islands Commercial Landings Statistics 1974 and more recent in compatible format with Accumulated Landings System (ALS) data

US Virgin Islands Landings.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 1918
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:1918
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2006-06-13 12:35+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Bryson Anderson
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-01-27 17:07+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-05-06
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2021-05-06
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-05-06