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Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 2023: Southeast Region Finfish Age Database,

Item Identification

Title: Southeast Region Finfish Age Database
Status: In Work

Data set includes port samples of reef fish species collected from commercial and recreational fishery landings in the U.S. South Atlantic (NC - FL Keys). The data set serves as an inventory of samples stored at the NMFS Beaufort Laboratory as well as final processed data. Information that may be inlcuded for each sample is trip level information, species, size meansurements, age, sex and reproductive data.


To characterize size and age composition of reef fish species


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None age
None ageing
None finfish
None reproductive data
None sex
None size
None species
None trip level information

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 1976-present

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None south atlantic ocean

Physical Location

Organization: Southeast Fisheries Science Center
City: Beaufort
State/Province: NC
Country: USA
Location Description:

Location Of The Beaufort Laboratory Of The South East Fisheries Science Center

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Presentation Form: Table (digital)

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 1263559
Date Effective From: 2023
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Hill, Ron
Address: 3500 Delwood Beach Road
Panama City,, FL 32408-7403
Email Address:
Phone: 850 234-6541 ext 203


CC ID: 280314
Date Effective From: 1996
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC)
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
Phone: (305)361-5761
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

View Historical Support Roles


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 274200
W° Bound: -82
E° Bound: -71
N° Bound: 36
S° Bound: 24

Atlantic Ocean, U.S. South

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 274199
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1976

Access Information

Security Class: Sensitive
Data Access Procedure:

Please contact the data steward

Data Access Constraints:

Waiver Needed. Magnuson-Stevens Confidential--50 CFR, Part 600. Title IV, Section 402, subsection b. The referenced data set is made up of observations on individual fish and reports of catch and effort collected from individual commercial fishing vessels .

Data Quality

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

The electronic data in the database are compared to hard-copy data sheets and information recorded on physical sample containers. If the data do not match, the originator of the sample and data are contacted for corrections.

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: No
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: 0
Do these Data Comply with the Data Access Directive?: Yes
Is Access to the Data Limited Based on an Approved Waiver?: Yes
If Distributor (Data Hosting Service) is Needed, Please Indicate: No
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: 0
If Delay is Longer than Latency of Automated Processing, Indicate Under What Authority Data Access is Delayed:

The data are not directly accessible due to their confidential/sensitive nature. This data is currently wavered under the current NOAA guidelines for relational databases.

Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: To Be Determined
If To Be Determined, Unable to Archive, or No Archiving Intended, Explain:

The archival process is currently under development.

Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: 0
How Will the Data Be Protected from Accidental or Malicious Modification or Deletion Prior to Receipt by the Archive?:

The data resides on a secure government network requiring multi-factor authentication for network access.


Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 283427

Physical age samples are received from port agents located from North Carolina through east coast of Florida and Florida Keys. Electronic data corresponding to samples are obtained from originator of the samples. The data are formatted to uniform codes, based on the NMFS TIP system codes, and uploaded to Access data base file. The data recorded on the sample containers is verified with electronic data. If samples match, the data is recieved into the database. If there are discrepancies, the port agent is notified and data are corrected. If the sample data cannot be rectified, then the physical sample cannot be used.

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity bft_observation_sample
Entity bft_radial_measures

Related Items

Item Type Relationship Type Title
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The Samples are often collected during data collection of the Trip Interview Program

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 26114
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:26114
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2015-07-27 11:30+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-08-02 11:50+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2022-06-03
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2022-06-03
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2023-06-03