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Title: Logbook System Fisheries
Short Name: Logbook System Fisheries
Status: In Work

As the need for conservation of the national marine resources increases, the need for more and better quality data on how these resources are utilized also increases. One of the most useful types of data is catch per unit effort. To meet these needs, the Southeast Fisheries Science Center has implemented several vessel logbook programs.

lthough these programs were initiated at various times and cover many different fisheries and types of gear, the SEFSC has attempted to make the logbooks relatively easy to complete. There are 2 types of reporting forms currently in use (although separate forms are used for the limited vessels that are permitted in the wreckfish and golden crab fisheries).One form is used for the pelagic longline fisheries. Because this fishery uses gear that are set (deployed) for a relatively long period (6 to 10 hours), catch and effort data are collected for each set. Thus, a separate form is required for each set. Fishermen are required to report the numbers of each species caught, the numbers of animals retained or discarded alive or discarded dead (longline gear is non-selective and unwanted or prohibited species such as, billfishes, sea turtles, etc., must be returned to the water), the location of the set, the types and size of gear, and the duration of the set.Because some of the needed catch/effort information for pelagic longline fisheries remains the same for the entire trip (i.e., it would be redundant to report it for every set), a supplemental form is used to report this type of data. Information on the port of departure and return, unloading dealer and location, number of sets, number of crew, date of departure and landing are reported on the Trip Summary form. In addition, information on costs associated with the trip can be reported on this form. This type of economic data is critical to the evaluation of existing and proposed management regulations. The National Marine Fisheries Service is required by law to assess (estimate) the economic consequences of proposed management regulations. Without accurate data from the fishing industry, such estimates are not likely to reflect the true effects.The second type of logbook form is used to report catch and effort data for the Gulf reef fish, South Atlantic snapper-grouper, coastal shark and king and Spanish mackerel fisheries. Because the soak time for these fisheries is relatively short, it is infeasible to require fishermen to complete a separate form every time the gear is deployed. Thus, the catch and effort data for the entire trip are reported on a single form (i.e., one form per trip).The types of information required on this trip form are nearly the same as the pelagic longline logbook. Information on the quantity (reported in pounds) caught for each species, the area of catch, the type and quantity of gear, the date of departure and return, the dealer and location (county and state where the trip is unloaded), the duration of the trip (time away from dock), an estimate of the fishing time, and the number of crew are included on this form.In response to the increased need for data on the amount of fish that are discarded, the Southeast Fisheries Science Center is now using a supplementary form that selected fishermen use to report quantities of fish that are discarded. Comments on the program can be submitted to the Logbook Program care of the Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 75 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami Florida 33149 or via e:mail at


Records the fishing and non-fishing activity of fishermen who are required to report their fishing activity via logbooks submitted for each trip.


url locations listed for this project point to various query programs run to obtain specific ionformation from the klogbook dataset via a java based query.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None catch
None Economic data
None effort
None logbook

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 1986-present

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Alabama
None Florida
None Georgia
None Gulf Of Mexico
None Louisiana
None Mississippi
None North Carolina
None SE united States
None South Carolina
None Texas

Physical Location

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

Electronic and Paper,

Project Information

Project Type: Project

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Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 8789
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1986-01-01

Access Information

Security Class: Confidential
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.

Technical Environment


Oracle Database


EEZ exclusive economic zone
FIPS Federal Information Processing Standards
FLS Fisheries Logbook System
FMU Fisheries Management Unit

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Project Coastal fisheries logbook data
Project Golden crab logbook system
Project Pelagic Fisheries Logbook Data
Project Supplemental discard data
Project Wreckfish logbook system

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 1925
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:1925
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2006-06-13 16:08+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