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NMFS Office of Science and Technology, 2022: Fishery-Independent Survey System Data 2004 - Present, https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/20902.

Item Identification

Title: Fishery-Independent Survey System Data 2004 - Present
Short Name: NMFS Fishery-Independent Survey System (FINSS)
Status: In Work
Publication Date: 2009
Abstract:

Fishery Independent Survey System (FINSS) is a national system that characterizes NMFS ocean observation activities, stock and ecosystem data collections during fishery-independent surveys conducted by NMFS Science Centers.

Purpose:

The information collected by FINSS provides the underpinnings of science products that are ultimately used in resource management context and helps ensure that critical agency datasets from the fishery­-independent surveys are effectively collected and consistently reported to the Congress and all other stakeholders. The system is accessible by the public through digital mapping and reporting applications.

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None Fisheries Independent Survey
None Funding sources
None gear
None mapping
None science cost
None Survey Cruise
None survey station
None Targeted Species
None vessel
None Vessel cost

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None 2004-Present

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None Alaska Ecosystem Complex
None Antartica
None Arctic
None Atlantic
None California Current
None Carribean
None Eastern Tropical Pacific
None Gulf Of Mexico
None Northeast Shelf
None Pacific Islands Ecosystem Complex
None Pacific Ocean
None Southeast Shelf

Physical Location

Organization: NMFS Office of Science and Technology
City: Silver Spring
State/Province: MD
Country: USA

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: Oracle Database
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Data Presentation Form: Document (digital)

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 161228
Date Effective From: 2009-01-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Dai, Jihong
Address: 1315 East-West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
USA
Email Address: Jihong.Dai@noaa.gov
Phone: 301-427-8222
Fax: 301-713-1875

Distributor

CC ID: 222255
Date Effective From: 2010
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NMFS Office of Science and Technology (OST)
Address: 1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
USA
Phone: 301-427-8100
URL: http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/
Business Hours: 0700 - 1800 EST/EDT

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 222234
Date Effective From: 2009
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Dai, Jihong
Address: 1315 East-West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
USA
Email Address: Jihong.Dai@noaa.gov
Phone: 301-427-8222
Fax: 301-713-1875
Contact Instructions:

email: jihong.dai@noaa.gov, inventory.help@noaa.gov

Phone: 301-427-8222

Point of Contact

CC ID: 222256
Date Effective From: 2009
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Dai, Jihong
Address: 1315 East-West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
USA
Email Address: Jihong.Dai@noaa.gov
Phone: 301-427-8222
Fax: 301-713-1875
Contact Instructions:

email: jihong.dai@noaa.gov

phone: 301-427-8222

Publisher

CC ID: 161229
Date Effective From: 2009-01-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Brown, Stephen K
Address: 1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
USA
Email Address: stephen.k.brown@noaa.gov
Phone: 301-427-8112
Fax: 301-713-1875

Extents

Currentness Reference: Publication Date

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 222241
Description

FINSS surveys cover all geographic regions within U.S. EEZ and beyond, such as Antarctic.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 218172
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 2004
Description:

The system contains information of surveys from 2004 to present.

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Policy:

The FINSS-SI system login page is accessible online by any computer with an Internet connection and a supported web browser (see System Requirements for a list of supported browsers). Login privileges and access rights within the FINSS system are granted by FINSS administrator.

FINSS users fall in the following roles:

• Science Center User:

o allowed to add/modify/delete FINSS-SI records for the Science Center that the user is associated with

o allowed to view FINSS-SI records submitted by other science centers

o allowed to create reports for all the Science Centers

• Headquarters Admin:

o allowed to view/add/modify/delete any FINSS-SI data records after verifying/consulting with the Science Center User

o allowed to create reports for all the Science Centers

If you do not have a login account, you may visit as a Guest. This allows you to view Survey Inventory records as read-only data.

Data Access Procedure:

FINSS users should use their NOAA email username and password to log in. The format for username is {firstname.lastname@noaa.gov} (e.g. Joe.Smith@noaa.gov).

Data Access Constraints:

Survey funding information is accessible for authorized users only.

Data Use Constraints:

No

Metadata Access Constraints:

No

Metadata Use Constraints:

No

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 705199
Start Date: 2017-12-19
End Date: Present
Download URL: https://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/ords/finss/metadata-catalog/
Distributor: NMFS Office of Science and Technology (OST) (2010 - Present)
Description:

Web service endpoint for Fisheries-Independent Survey System (FINSS) data

File Type: ORDS Endpoint

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 218171
URL: http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/finss
URL Type:
Online Resource

Technical Environment

Description:

FINSS is developed and maintained in Oracle database.

Data Quality

Accuracy:

FINSS data are provided by PIs, FINSS working group and NMFS Vessel Coordinators based on the best of their knowledge.

Completeness Measure:

Completeness is checked by comparing to previous years' data and current year's data across systems.

Sensitivity:

Low

Conceptual Consistency:

FINSS data are cross-linked with SIS and PSIT to ensure the reporting consistency and efficiency.

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

FINSS fields have automatic validation procedure after data are entered in the system. Meanwhile the FINSS working group conducts quality control upon receiving the data.

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: Yes
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: Unknown
Do these Data Comply with the Data Access Directive?: Yes
Is Access to the Data Limited Based on an Approved Waiver?: No
If Distributor (Data Hosting Service) is Needed, Please Indicate: Yes
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: 0 Days
Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: To Be Determined
If To Be Determined, Unable to Archive, or No Archiving Intended, Explain:

FINSS collects metadata about the surveys instead of the actual data collected by the surveys. The PIs at the Science Centers determine the archiving process for the actual data.

Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: Unknown
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

This application is hosted by the Office of Science and Technology within the NOAA System 4020 and is compliant with all applicable Federal Government security policies.

Roles and responsibility are specified as following to protect data being accidentally or maliciously modified or deleted:

For Science Center User:

o allowed to add/modify/delete FINSS-SI records for the Science Center that the user is associated with

o allowed to view FINSS-SI records submitted by other science centers

o allowed to create reports for all the Science Centers

For Headquarters Admin:

o allowed to view/add/modify/delete any FINSS-SI data records after verifying/consulting with the Science Center User

o allowed to create reports for all the Science Centers

For public user:

allowed to view Survey Inventory records as read-only data

Lineage

Lineage Statement:

After FINSS data are entered by users at NMFS Science Centers, FINSS administrator conducts quality control and provide reports as needed. Data are accessible to public users upon entering into the system.

Acquisition Information

Instruments

Instrument Unavailable Reason: Not Applicable

Platforms

Platform Unavailable Reason: Not Applicable

FAQs

FAQ 1

CC ID: 222250
Date: 2009-01-01 00:00:00
Author: Jihong Dai
Question:

What is a Fishery - independent survey?

Answer:

A fishery-independent survey is a systematic sampling project carried out by research vessels or contracted commercial fishing vessels for gathering biological or environmental information separately from commercial fishing operations.

FAQ 2

CC ID: 222251
Date: 2009-01-01 00:00:00
Author: Jihong Dai
Question:

What was the impetus for creating the FINSS - SI?

Answer:

Fishery-independent observation information is one of the fundamental components of NMFS data sets. The system was developed to 1) integrate the survey information across the science centers; 2) support fishery management decisions on budget-related analyses and cross-program collaborations; 3) meet the increasing need for an authoritative information source about the fishery-independent surveys at the national level; and 4) to promote the effective communication among the fishery data steward and stakeholders.

FAQ 3

CC ID: 222252
Date: 2009-01-01 00:00:00
Author: Jihong Dai
Question:

What is the timeframe of surveys covered by the FINSS - SI?

Answer:

The current system covers NMFS surveys conducted starting 2004 and is updated at least once a year to make the information up to date.

FAQ 4

CC ID: 222253
Date: 2009-01-01 00:00:00
Author: Jihong Dai
Question:

How are the FINSS - SI data collected

Answer:

The initial FINSS - SI data (FY2004 - FY2008) were provided by the data managers or survey leaders in the NMFS Science Centers and were coordinated / compiled by the NMFS Office of Science and Technology. Currently FINSS is updated multiple times a year to keep the information up-to-date.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 20902
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:20902
Metadata Record Created By: Jackie Locks
Metadata Record Created: 2013-11-15 12:27+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-06-04 13:14+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2015-12-22
Owner Org: OST
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year