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Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 2022: U.S. Virgin Islands Commercial Landings Statistics 1974 and more recent in compatible format with Accumulated Landings System (ALS) data, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/1920.

Item Identification

Title: U.S. Virgin Islands Commercial Landings Statistics 1974 and more recent in compatible format with Accumulated Landings System (ALS) data
Short Name: U.S. Virgin Islands Commercial Landings 1974 and more recent
Status: In Work
Abstract:

This data set contains quantities and values for all seafood products that are reported landed in St. Thomas, St. Croix or St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. These data are reported by fishermen that are licensed by the Territorial Government and are required to complete and submit fishing logs for each trip. There have been several major changes in the reporting forms throughout the program history which affect the data. These are documented separately. These are raw data are not corrected for non-compliance with the reporting regulations unless otherwise specified. For the purpose of these metadata, the word 'confidential' generally refers to sensitive data.

Purpose:

These data provide the quantities and value of the marine commercial fishing industries sector in the U.S. Virgin Islands for inclusion in the nation's gross national product. This time series, which begins in 1974, also provides the best basis for estimates of total landings for the commercial fisheries for the three islands. These landings estimates are included in peer reviewed stock assessments which determine the population status of various key species. Finally, recent on-line entry of landings data is providing a more timely means of monitoring the catch so that allowable catch levels are not exceeded.

Supplemental Information:

These data reside primarily in the ALS schema of the SECPR database at the SEFSC. The table ALS.ALS_LANDINGS_USVI contains the data in compatible format with the rest of the ALS commercial landings data set for the SE Region of the U.S. The table ALS.USVI_SPECIES_GROUP_FORMS_ALL contains the data for the species group type forms in the basic format received from the USVI. Use of these forms began in July 1995, coexisting with previous gear-based reporting forms until July of 1999 when all the reporting was done using the newer forms. This table has some information (such as discards and reports of non-activity) not included in the ALS table. The previous gear-based data, while reformatted to the ALS.ALS_LANDINGS_USVI table, is still on PC (see point of contact) in its basic format. Note that the ALS data only contain data from trips where landings occurred and do not include reports of non-activity or trips having no landings. As of July 2011, USVI commercial landings are being entered on-line to the Caribbean Commercial Landings data set in the CCL schema of the SECPR database. Reporting forms have changed throughout the history of the program and are listed separately.

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None Commercial Landings
None fish
None Fisheries

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None 1974-present

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None Carribbean
None EEZ
None Puerto Rico
None territorial waters
None Virgin Islands

Stratum Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None area
None Catch
None fishing gear

Physical Location

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

75 Virginia Beach Drive

Miami, FL 33149

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:

Available in ORACLE SECPR database.

Support Roles

This Catalog Item has no Support Roles that are currently in effect.
View Historical Support Roles

Extents

Extent Group 1

Extent Description:

Fishing areas surrounding the US Virgin Islands. Territorial waters to 3 miles and Federal waters from 3-200 miles out where not bounded by waters belonging to other countries. For the purpose of this map the area encompasses the fishing area code maps given to the fishers to report their position. These maps are available through a link to US Caribbean fisheries forms listed separately in URLs section of these metadata.

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 4967
W° Bound: -65.66666666667
E° Bound: -64
N° Bound: 18.75
S° Bound: 17
Description

Fishing areas surrounding the US Virgin Islands. Territorial waters to 3 miles and Federal waters from 3-200 miles out where not bounded by waters belonging to other countries. For the purpose of this map the area encompasses the fishing area code maps given to the fishers to report their position. These maps are available through a link listed separately in these metadata.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 4966
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1974-07-01
Description:

Commercial Landings from the USVI.

Access Information

Security Class: Sensitive
Security Classification System:

Password Restricted. Rule of 3: Data summaries must include at least 3 dealers to be considered non-sensitive. See:

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

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA Administrative Order 216-100

NOAA ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER SERIES

Date of Issuance: July 26, 1994

Security Handling Description:

Sensitive data may only be released to entities having a signed non-disclosure agreement on file with the Director of the Information Resources Management Division (IRMD). Otherwise, Sensitivity may be suppressed by the following methods used for aggregation of sensitive data:

Data that are submitted as sensitive can be released to the public under the following circumstances:

1. Combined or aggregated data. Sensitive data can be released if the data are aggregated or summarized in a manner that prevents the identification of the person or organization that submitted the data. The "rule of three" and identification of majority allocations" are the primary data suppression methods.

2. Obscure (scramble) or remove the data identifier. For some types of data, sensitive data can be released as non-sensitive if the identity of the person, vessel, company, etc. that submitted the data is not included or is scrambled as part of the data that are released.

3. Submitter. Sensitive data collected under federal authority Can be released to the original entity (person, vessel, business, etc.) that submitted the data.

4. Sensitive data waived. The protection of sensitive data can be waived by the person or business that submitted the data.

Data Access Policy:

See NOAA Administrative Order 216-100

NOAA ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER SERIES

Date of Issuance: July 26, 1994

Data Access Procedure:

These standards and procedures apply to all employees of the SEFSC that need access to confidential fisheries statistics. This includes full time or term employees, contractors, volunteers, and/or other employees associated with the SEFSC, but not directly employed by either organization. Any SEFSC employee that needs or desires access to sensitive data must have read NOAA 216-100 and submitted a signed nondisclosure statement to the Director, Information Resources Management Division (IRMD). The non-disclosure statement must be approved by the Director of IRMD and maintained on file by IRMD. It is the responsibility of the Director of IRMD to certifY upon request, that a person or organization that requests access to sensitive data is authorized access to those data. All employees that have access to and/or use sensitive data (federal and non-federal) are responsible to protect those data from unauthorized access or release. Contractors or grantees that have an agreement with NMFS can be granted

access to sensitive data as an authorized user (See NOAA 216-100 1 Section 6.03e). It should be clearly understood that sensitive data cannot be released simply by an individual signing a nondisclosure statement. There must be a clear and demonstrable need for the confidential data that are requested as part of a contract or grant. Sensitive data can only be released for the specific contract or grant. Upon completion of the contract or grant, the recipient must either return the data or state that it has been destroyed. The contractor or grantee cannot use the data for any purpose other than the uses stated in the agreement. The Contracting Officers Technical Representative (COTR) or the Technical Monitor (TM) that has been assigned to the contract or grant, respectively, has the following responsibilities:

1. The COTR/TM has the responsibility to determine whether the contractor/grantee is eligible to receive the sensitive data that are requested in the agreement.

2. The COTR/TM has the responsibility to assure that all persons included in the agreement have read NOA 2l6-l00 and have signed a nondisclosure statement. A statement must be signed by each person that will have access to the sensitive data under the agreement, i.e., a blanket statement cannot be used for the company or firm. The COTR/TM also has the responsibility to make sure that the Director, IRMD has signed and approved the nondisclosure statement and the statement is on file with IRMD.

3. The COTR/TM has the responsibility to assure that sensitive data are not released in any publication, report, oral presentation, or other means to the public by the contractor or grantee.

Data Access Constraints:

To access confidential (sensitive) data a completed non-disclosure agreement must be on file with NOAA-SEFSC. Otherwise Data that are submitted as confidential can be released to the public under the following circumstances:

1. Combined or aggregated data. Confidential (sensitive) data can be released if the data are aggregated or summarized in a manner that prevents the identification of the person or organization that submitted the data. The "rule of three" and identification of majority allocations" are the primary data suppression methods.

2. Obscure (scramble) or remove the data identifier. For some types of data, confidential data Can be released as non-confidential if the identity of the person, vessel, company, etc. that submitted the data is not included or is scrambled as part of the data that are released.

3. Submitter. Confidential (sensitive) data collected under federal authority Can be released to the original entity (person, vessel, business, etc.) that submitted the data.

4. Confidential (sensitive) data waived. The protection of confidential data can be waived by the person or business that submitted the data.

Data Use Constraints:

Senisitve data are not to be released in any publication, report, oral presentation, or other means to the public.

Metadata Access Constraints:

Non-published Metadata access is restricted. Published Metadata is available to the public.

Metadata Use Constraints:

Use only Published Metadata.

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 4962
URL: http://sedarweb.org/
Description:

South East Data Assessment and Review Home page. The SEDAR documents may be found here.

Issues

Issue 1

CC ID: 4968
Issue Date: 2006-07-31
Issue:

These are reported landings. Expanded landings which include estimates for unreported data will also be available in the near future.

Issue 2

CC ID: 4969
Issue Date: 2006-07-31
Issue:

These landings are trip based, but also include some summary data, especially in earlier years.

Issue 3

CC ID: 4972
Issue Date: 2006-07-31
Issue:

Little detail is available for fin fish species prior to 1996 as landings were identified more by gear (Pot fish, Hook fish, etc.) Lobster (spiny lobster) is generically available for all years. Conch and whelk are specifically available for all but the 70's to early 80's. After 1996 fish are generically available for most of catch (snappers, groupers, grunts, tunas, etc...). Several years (1996-1999) contain a mix of the 2 reporting types (old gear based and new species oriented).

Issue 4

CC ID: 61172
Issue Date: 2012-03-19
Issue:

Changes in permit id coding for fishers in St. Croix occurred for fishing years 1997-98 and again for 1999-00.

Issue 5

CC ID: 380811
Issue Date: 2004-09-01
Author: Bennett, Joshua
Issue:

Commercial Landings Updates received from USVI DFW for fishing years 1992-1993 to 2002-2003. These are all the data for which hard-copies could be found for those years.

Issue 6

CC ID: 380813
Issue Date: 2003-11-03
Author: Bennett, Joshua
Issue:

Proofing of commercial landings data by USVI-DFW for fishing years 1986-2002. Proofing had not been completely done prior.

Issue 7

CC ID: 380814
Issue Date: 2004-04
Author: Bennett, Joshua
Issue:

Discussion began on (expansion) compliance factors for usvi. These were much discussed but could not get final approval from uSVI so they were not implemented.

Issue 8

CC ID: 380815
Issue Date: 2003-10-30
Author: Bennett, Joshua
Issue:

Reconciliation work done with TIP and landings data. Differences noted.

Issue 9

CC ID: 380816
Issue Date: 2003-09-29
Author: Bennett, Joshua
Issue:

Final USVI catch data for 1973-74 to 1985-86 submitted.

Issue 10

CC ID: 380817
Issue Date: 2001-12-21
Author: Bennett, Joshua
Issue:

Inventory was conducted on File names, descriptions, file size, record count and pounds summation comparison between files USVI possesses and NOAA-SESC files. Refer to document 'USVI Landings data inventory 2001'

Issue 11

CC ID: 380818
Issue Date: 2000-06-02
Author: Bennett, Joshua
Issue:

Documentation on USVI landings statistics. 6/2000. Refer to file USVI virgin islands landings statistics. On Parr server

Technical Environment

Description:

Oracle Database (Partial)

MS Access Database on PC.

Some of this data has now been loaded into Oracle

Data Quality

Representativeness:

Data provided by industry - fishers - 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.

Completeness Report:

Compliance report available in Caribbean Commercial Landings web-based data entry application.

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Look-up tables on data entry. Reports for high/low pounds and compliance made available to USVI-DFW by SEFSC.

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: No
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: 2 months
If Delay is Longer than Latency of Automated Processing, Indicate Under What Authority Data Access is Delayed:

Fishers have 45 days to report. They are processed by USVI Dept. of Fish and Wildlife for data entry. Data entry may be delayed due to manpower considerations in USVI and also possibly due to connectivity issues although this has improved. When data are posted into the Caribbean Commercial Landings data entry system (listed separately) they are re-formatted to the ALS format every 2 weeks by SEFSC. Automation of this last step is under consideration.

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

More information needed.

Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: 2 months
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

User id and password.

Lineage

Lineage Statement:

Data are reported by permitted commercial fishers on logbook forms to the USVI Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife. Forms are then processed for data entry by USVI-DFW. Data are entered by USVI DFW into Caribbean Commercial Landings web based application. Data are checked by look-up tables on entry and by SEFSC for high/low pounds and prices along with reporting compliance and made available to USVI-DFW by SEFSC.

Related Items

Item Type Relationship Type Title
Data Set (DS) Cross Reference Annual General Canvass Statistics
Data Set (DS) Cross Reference Commercial Landings Data monthly summaries (Dealers)
Data Set (DS) Cross Reference Florida annual general canvass statistics
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

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 1920
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:1920
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2006-06-13 12:36+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2021-05-06 22:24+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-05-06
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-05-07