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Title: Shrimp Observer Program
Short Name: Shrimp Observer Program
Status: In Work

This data set contains data that are collected by trained observers aboard shrimp trawl and reef fish trap and longline vessels. The shrimp fishery observer program has been in existence since about 1987 and was originally developed to provide an economic evaluation of turtle reduction devices (TED) in shrimp trawls. The observers collect data for the following research topics: 1) shrimp trawl bycatch characterization research, 2) shrimp trawl bycatch reduction device evaluation, 3) analysis for estimation of fishing mortality rates for bycatch species, and 4) reef fish trap and longline characterization research.


The southeastern shrimp trawl fishery impacts commercial and recreational fishes. Several of these fisheries have been declared overfished, and incidental catch of these species must be reduced. This project addresses NMFS Goal 1 (Rebuild overfished marine fisheries) and NMFS Goal 2 (Maintain currently productive fisheries).

OBJECTIVE: This project evaluates the operational performances of bycatch reduction devices (BRDs) during commercial shrimping operations. Catch rates of finfish and shrimp in nets equipped with BRDs and turtle excluder devices (TEDs) are compared to nets equipped with TEDs only. This project provides information for FMPs and marine recreational fishery programs.

NOAA STRATEGIC PLAN ELEMENTS: A1) Assess the status of fishery resources, and A4) Reduce bycatch.

Supplemental Information:


Bycatch reduction device (BRD) description reports and manuscripts

BRD effectiveness reports and manuscripts

Spatial and temporal bycatch characterization reports and manuscripts

Bycatch species stock assessment update reports and manuscripts


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None incidental take
None observer
None Shrimp
None trawls

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 2005-present

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Gulf Of Mexico
None Texas

Physical Location

Organization: Galveston Laboratory
City: Galveston
State/Province: TX

Project Information

Project Type: Collection
Collection Type: Observer
Collection Method: Electronic and Paper

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 34577
Date Effective From: 2006-01-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Scott Denton, Elizabeth
Address: 4700 Avenue U
Galveston, TX 77551
Email Address:
Phone: 409-766-3571
Fax: 409-766-3508


Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 7798

Northwest Atlantic,Gulf of Mexico and U.S. territories in the Caribbean

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 41116
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1992-01-01

Access Information

Security Class: Confidential
Data Access Policy:

Open to qualified researchers

Data Access Procedure:

Contact Data Steward

Data Access Constraints:

May require a confidentiality Agreement

Data Use Constraints:

Please credit.

Metadata Access Constraints:


Metadata Use Constraints:

Please credit


BRD Bycatch Reduction Device

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Data Set Observer Coverage of the Southeastern Shrimp Fisheries

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 1937
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:1937
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2006-06-13 16:24+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-05-07
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2021-05-07
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-05-07