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Title: Vessel Operating Units
Short Name: Vessel Operating Units
Status: In Work

This data set contains data for vessels that are greater than five net tons and have a current US Coast Guard documentation number. Beginning in1979, the NMFS initiated a system to conduct an annual survey to inventory all of the vessels that actively fished in commercial fisheries during the previous calendar year. The survey is conducted by port agents that are located at fishing port throughout the Southeast Region. They record the physical information about the vessels, e.g., length, age, horsepower, etc., as well as gathering information about the fishing characteristics of the vessels, e.g., type and amount of gear, number of crew, etc. Often the physical characteristics of the vessels are retrieved from the data maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard as part of their vessel documentation program. In recent years, much of the fishing characteristics are retrieved from either trip ticket and/or logbook data.



The primary purpose of this data set is to provide an annual inventory of the vessels that are documented by the US Coast Guard and actively fished during a calendar year.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Effort
None Gear
None Vessel Counts

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 1979-present

Spatial Keywords

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

Stratum Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None County
None State

Physical Location

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

Project Information

Project Type: Collection
Collection Method: Electronic

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 42789
Date Effective From: 2010-10-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Chau, Jade
Address: 263 13th Avenue South Room 201
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Email Address:
Phone: 727-824-5373
Business Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST/EDT
Contact Instructions:

Phone or email

Point of Contact

CC ID: 8881
Date Effective From: 2004-01-01
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
View Historical Support Roles


Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 8878
W° Bound: -98
E° Bound: -72
N° Bound: 37
S° Bound: 22

For the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida,Geaorgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 8877
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1996

Access Information

Security Class: Confidential
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:

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


Issue 1

CC ID: 8880
Issue Date: 2006-12-01
Author: Guy Davenport

The operating units tables has been modifed to also hold data for state registered vessels.

This data is starting to become available due to the implementation of trip ticket systems.

Year By State of When Data is present for State Registration Number

Florida 2005

Alabama 2005

Mississippi 2005

Louisiana 2005

Texas 2009

Georgia 2007

North Carolina 2007

South Carolina 2007

Technical Environment


Oracle Database


VOU Vessel Operating Units

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Procedure Create and Load Annual VOU Data
Data Set Vessel Operating Units (Vessels)

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 1941
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:1941
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2006-06-13 16:32+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