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Title: Boat and Shore Data
Short Name: Boat and Shore Data
Status: Completed

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.

This inventory only includes vessels that are greater than five net tons and have a current US Coast Guard documentation number.

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 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?

The vessel information (i.e., length, age, horsepower, etc.) is significant to identify accurately the universe of vessels to facilitate scientific assessments of annual fishing effort.The vessel information is useful for designing a statistically robust data collection program to canvass or randomly sample the activities of fishing vessels.

Supplemental Information:

The data is gathered from Coast Guard records and supplemented by the personal knowledge of Port Agents familiar with the vessels. In addition computer programs analyze reported fishing activity to determine what gears were used in what states and counties.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Vessel Counts

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 1979-1995

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Florida
None Georgia
None Louisiana
None Mississippi
None North Carolina
None South Carolina
None Texas

Physical Location

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

Project Information

Project Type: Collection

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 8888
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: 8887
W° Bound: -98
E° Bound: -72
N° Bound: 37
S° Bound: 22

States of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, FLorida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 8883
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1979-01-01
End: 1995-12-31

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

Metadata Access Constraints:

Open to everyone

Technical Environment


Oracle Database

Child Items

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Rubric Score Type Title
Data Set Boat And Shore Oracle Data Tables

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 1942
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:1942
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2006-06-13 16:33+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+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