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Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 2022: Wreckfish Logbook Survey (Vessels),

Item Identification

Title: Wreckfish Logbook Survey (Vessels)
Status: In Work

Federally managed fisheries that currently have mandatory logbook and bycatch reporting requirements for the Southeast Region include snapper/grouper/wreckfish. which are required to report all discards, including protected species. Logbook data are most useful in estimating bycatch when reporting is mandatory, because a key advantage of logbooks is the ability to use them to cover all fishing activity relatively inexpensively. However, in the absence of any observer data, there are concerns about the accuracy of logbook data from these and other fisheries. Biases associated with logbooks primarily result from inaccuracy in reporting of species that are caught in large numbers or are of little economic interest (particularly of bycatch species) and low compliance rates. Many fishermen may perceive that accurate reporting will result in restricted fishing effort or access. This results in a disincentive for reporting accurate bycatch data, and an incentive to under-report or not report (NOAA 2003a). The advantage of logbooks as compared to other sampling methods is that logbooks are usually required of all fishery participants and can provide good estimates of fishing effort. Reliable measures of effort are crucial for extrapolating observed bycatch rates to the fishery as a whole, to determine total bycatch levels. Another advantage is that logbook programs are much less expensive than observer programs. The costs usually include producing and distributing the logbooks, data entry, database maintenance, and analysis. As with fishery surveys, logbook programs are generally not implemented solely to collect information on bycatch. Therefore, the cost of collecting bycatch data via logbooks is marginal, and may be limited to costs associated with the entry and analysis of the bycatch data (NOAA 2003a). In many fisheries, logbook programs are more useful in providing estimates of total effort by area and season that can then be combined with observer data to estimate total bycatch.


Fishery quotas are frequently used method of limiting directed fishing effort on a species or group of species. The South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils have recommended numerous quotas in the management plans they have developed to submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service. Most of these quotas are monitored by landings information submitted by seafood dealers that are selected to report. For wreckfish, dealer are required to report monthly. The Council was concerned that the rapid increase in effort and catch threatened the wreckfish resource with overfishing and that the concentration of additional vessels in the relatively small area where the resource is located could also create problems with vessel safety because of overcrowding.


Trip logbooks submitted by wreckfish fishery captains for data on location, catch and effort

Physical Location

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

Location Of The Main Office 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: 281114
Date Effective From: 1992
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
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.


CC ID: 281115
Date Effective From: 1992
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.

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 281116
Date Effective From: 1992
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
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

Point of Contact

CC ID: 284215
Date Effective From: 1992
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Judge, Michael
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
Email Address:
Phone: 305-361-4235
Fax: 305-361-4562
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 278721
W° Bound: -82
E° Bound: -70
N° Bound: 35
S° Bound: 24

Atlantic Ocean, U.S. South

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 278720
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1992

Access Information

Security Class: Sensitive
Data Access Procedure:

Read and sign for NOAA Administrative Order 216 100 Read and sign System Access Application (see URLs) Contact DBA Daniel Leon at daniel.leon for userid password.

Data Access Constraints:

Waiver Needed

Data Quality

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Range checks and validation against historical distributions.

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: Yes
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: 70
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: 60
If Delay is Longer than Latency of Automated Processing, Indicate Under What Authority Data Access is Delayed:

Confidentiality. 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:

Archiving process under development

Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: 720
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 database server only accessible through the NMFS network requiring separate multi-factor authentication for both network and database access.


Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 284219

Forms submitted by fishermen to SEFSC staff through paper logbooks. SEFSC staff enter data and Q/C data before loading into database housed in Miami.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 27454
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:27454
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2015-09-24 10:43+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2021-05-06 22:24+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-05-06
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-05-07