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Title: Vessel and Boat Data
Short Name: Vessel and Boat Data
Status: In Work

Prior to 1970 the Bureau of Fisheries and the U.S. Fish Commission, which were the predecessor agencies of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), collected little information on vessels actively participating in commercial fisheries. In 1979 NMFS initiated a system that provided data on vessels that actively participate in commercial fishing during each calendar year. The object of this system is to provide an inventory of vessels that answer two fundamental questions:

How many vessels are fishing commercially?

What are the characteristics of these vessels?

This inventory only includes vessels that are greater than five net tons and have a current US Coast Guard documentation number. This system is referred to as the NMFS vessel operating units. There is data for the years from 1979 to the present.

Because the vessel operating units data only include larger documented vessels, a count of the smaller, undocumented boats was conducted once a year by NMFS and state port agents from 1979 to 1995. Unlike the vessel operating units data, characteristics of the individual boats are not recorded. These annual counts of boats are referred to as boat and shore data.

The vessel operating units data and the boat and shore data are accessible through the SEFSC database server by using the VOU menu.


To describe number and characteristics of vessels and boats


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Boats
None Counts
None Vessels

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 1979-present

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Alabama
None Atlantic
None Florida
None Georgia
None Gulf
None Louisiana
None Mississippi
None North Carolina
None South Carolina
None Texas

Stratum Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None County
None Gear
None State
None Year

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 42560
Date Effective From: 2005-01-01
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: 34481

All of the South Eastern States:


Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 42561
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1979

Access Information

Security Class: Confidential
Data Access Procedure:

Contact Data Manageror Data Steward

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Project Boat and Shore Data
Project Vessel Operating Units

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 1940
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:1940
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2006-06-13 16:31+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:10+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