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Title: Galveston Bay Bait Index
Short Name: Galveston Bay Bait Index
Status: In Work

The longest, continuous systematic survey of bait shrimp fishery operations is conducted by the National Marines Fisheries Service (NMFS) in Galveston Bay, Texas. This survey was an outgrowth of the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries (now NMFS) which began in the late 1950's.


Indices of post larval and juvenile shrimp abundance provide valuable comparisons for long term assessment of the relation between abundance and changing environmental conditions and specific information concerning local fishing practices and trends.


Summaries of the survey results including catch, effort, species composition, and numbers of active dealers and fishermen are prepared monthly 1959-84, except 1975, partial 1985-1987.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Abundance
None Bait
None Composition
None Effort
None Landings
None Length Frequency
None Shrimp
None Survey

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 1959 - Present

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Galveston Bay, Texas

Stratum Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Length
None Species

Physical Location

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

Project Information

Project Type: Project
Is Mandated?: No
Collection Type: Landings
Collection Authority: Agency
Collection Method: Biological Samples, Paper, Electronic

Support Roles


CC ID: 205392
Date Effective From: 1985
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

Data Steward

CC ID: 205393
Date Effective From: 2009
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Primrose, James A
Address: 4700 Avenue U
Galveston, TX 77551-5997
Email Address:
Phone: 409-766-3526
Fax: 409-766-3508

Point of Contact

CC ID: 205391
Date Effective From: 2005
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Smith, Rebecca C
Address: 4700 Avenue U
Galveston, TX 77551
Email Address:
Phone: 409-766-3783 x 224
Fax: 409-766-3489
Business Hours: 8:00-4:30 CST/CDT


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 205394
W° Bound: -95.3
E° Bound: -94.4
N° Bound: 29.8
S° Bound: 29.1

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 205396
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1954

Shrimp Research Program Bureau of Commercial Fisheries began in the 1950s

Access Information

Security Class: Restricted

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Data Set Baxter Bait Survey Database
Document The Commercial Bait Shrimp Fishery in Galveston Bay, Texas, 1959-87

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 25491
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:25491
Metadata Record Created By: James A Primrose
Metadata Record Created: 2015-06-17 11:13+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