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NMFS Office of Science and Technology, 2022: SIS - Status Determination,

Item Identification

Title: SIS - Status Determination
Short Name: SIS - Status Determination
Status: In Work

The Status Determination dataset within the Species Information System (SIS) contains information related to overfishing, overfished, and approaching overfished status determinations; FSSI score for FSSI stocks; management action required, based on stock status; and information related to rebuilding programs for overfished and rebuilding stocks.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None ACL
None adequate assessment
None fisheries survey
None overfished
None overfishing
None rebuilding
None stock assessment
None stock status
None time series

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
Data Presentation Form: Table (digital)
Entity Attribute Overview:

This data set includes information related to the status determinations of overfishing and overfished for federally-managed fish stocks and rebuilding programs for rebuilding stocks.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 325457
Date Effective From: 2016-05-20
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Vieser, Jeffrey
Address: 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Email Address:
Phone: 301-427-8112


CC ID: 207862
Date Effective From: 2005
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): NMFS Office of Science and Technology (OST)
Address: 1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: 301-427-8100
Business Hours: 0700 - 1800 EST/EDT

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 325458
Date Effective From: 2016-05-20
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Vieser, Jeffrey
Address: 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Email Address:
Phone: 301-427-8112

Point of Contact

CC ID: 207825
Date Effective From: 2015
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Greene, Karen E
Address: 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Email Address:
Phone: (301) 427-8558


CC ID: 207828
Date Effective From: 2015
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Brown, Stephen K
Address: 1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Email Address:
Phone: 301-427-8112
Fax: 301-713-1875
View Historical Support Roles


Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 207829

U.S. Federal Waters

NOTE: For international stocks, status is reported at the stock level, which likely includes areas outside U.S. Federal Waters (International Waters).

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 207835
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 2005


Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Security Handling Description:

No Restrictions

Data Access Procedure:

Data for FSSI stocks can be accessed through the SIS Public Portal. Additional data can be obtained by sending a request to

Data Access Constraints:

No Restrictions

Data Use Constraints:

No Restrictions

Metadata Access Constraints:

No Restrictions

Metadata Use Constraints:

No Restrictions



CC ID: 207856
URL Type:
Online Resource

This is the URL for SIS web application data entry. A SIS user account is required to access this web application.


CC ID: 207857
URL Type:
Online Resource

The public may access data through the Public Portal of SIS, where no account is required to access. This is the URL for the SIS Public Portal.

Data Quality

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

All regional personnel submit a signed document in accordance with the Data Quality Act, that the stock status information has undergone a pre-dissemination review.

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: No
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: Unknown
Do these Data Comply with the Data Access Directive?: No
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: 10 Days
Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: To Be Determined
If To Be Determined, Unable to Archive, or No Archiving Intended, Explain:

Awaiting guidance from the PTT

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.

Edit access to data is subject to role-based authentication and access control.


Lineage Statement:

The Secretary of Commerce is required to determine the status of a stock (Section 304 (e) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), and the guidelines for National Standard 1.) This authority has been delegated to the Assistant Administrator (AA) for NOAA Fisheries. Stock Status Decision Memos (DM) are used to make stock status determinations whenever stock status changes, or when a negative status (e.g. overfished, subject to overfishing) continues. Stock Status DMs differ from the DMs used for most fishery management actions because the status determination is being made by the AA based on a recommendation from the Regional Administrator or SF Office Director.

1. If the stock status has remained unchanged from previous determination, a stock status DM is not needed and a status determination record can be entered in SIS by the Regional Office (or HMS) after the stock assessment has been finalized and entered in SIS.

2. If the stock status determination for overfishing and/or overfished is anticipated to change from previous determinations, the regional office (or HMS) and Office of Sustainable Fisheries prepare a Decision Memo (DM). The Assistant Administrator (AA) determines the stock’s status based on the Regional Administrator’s / OSF Director’s recommendation contained in the DM.

3. After the AA signs the DM determining the stock status:

- Office of Sustainable Fisheries (OSF) will provide a signed copy of the DM to the regional office.

- The Regional office sends the Council a signed notification letter with a cc to OSF for stocks that are subject to overfishing, overfished, or approaching an overfished condition.

- The Regional office (or HMS) enters status determination records in SIS.

4. The OSF publishes a notice in the Federal Register for stocks found to be subject to overfishing or overfished using information contained in the DM and Council notifications.

5. If a stock assessment does not include results that clearly indicate stock status, it may still contain sufficient information to reasonably make a determination. When an assessment does not provide adequate information for management advice (such as determining target fishing levels or rebuilding projections), but there is adequate data to support a status determination, the steps above are still followed.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 25954
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:25954
Metadata Record Created By: Jackie Locks
Metadata Record Created: 2015-07-14 13:14+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2019-06-04 13:14+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2017-01-18
Owner Org: OST
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year