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NMFS Office of Science and Technology, 2023: Processed Products Database System,

Item Identification

Title: Processed Products Database System
Short Name: Processed Product
Status: In Work

Collection of annual data on processed seafood products. The Division provides authoritative advice, coordination and guidance on matters related to the collection, analysis and dissemination of biological, economic, market and sociological statistics by NMFS and state agencies. This data set contains quantity and value data for processed seafood products as well as employment data for included processing entities.


Part of the Commercial Fisheries Data System. The Fisheries Statistics Division collects data and coordinates information and research programs to support the science-based stewardship of the nation's living marine resources. The Fisheries Statistics Division integrates and disseminates state and federal statistics about marine fisheries.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Processed products
None Seafood processing
None Seafood processing employment
None Seafood processors

Physical Location

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

1315 East-West Highway


Silver Spring, MD 20878

One of office buildings in the downtown Silver Spring campus housing NOAA Headquarters.

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: Oracle Database
Maintenance Frequency: Unknown
Data Presentation Form: Data that is presented in FUS is published in hard copy and PDF formats on the ST Website

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 209392
Date Effective From: 2011-05-16
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Yencho, Melissa A
Address: 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Email Address:
Phone: 301-427-8193
Fax: 301-713-1875


CC ID: 218484
Date Effective From: 1969
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: 209393
Date Effective From: 2013
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Lewis, Michael T
Address: 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Email Address:
Phone: 301-427-8146
Fax: 301-713-1875

Point of Contact

CC ID: 209390
Date Effective From: 2011
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Yencho, Melissa A
Address: 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Email Address:
Phone: 301-427-8193
Fax: 301-713-1875


CC ID: 209391
Date Effective From: 2005-01-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Van Voorhees, David A
Address: 1315 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
Email Address:
Phone: 301-427-8189
Fax: 301-713-1875


Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 217952

The processed products data are at the national level and include all regions. The data from some processors in American Territories are also included.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 217953
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1969

Access Information

Security Class: Sensitive
Data Access Policy:

Data are considered sensitive as they contain business level data and individual entities can be identified by it's analysis. Data are released in aggregate form using the "rule of three". Data are made available for analysis within NMFS and with NMFS partners on a strict as-needed basis and non-disclosure forms are required. Parties using the non-aggregated data must also agree that any publications only contain aggregated data.

Data Access Procedure:

To obtain data from this data set, a potential user must contact the Office of Science and Technology Fisheries Statistics Division and speak with the data steward. The data steward will assess need and provide aggregated data for individual requests or will grant access to non-aggregated data as appropriate. Data are not released until all parties working with data have signed a non-disclosure agreement.

Aggregated data are also available in the Fisheries of the United States publication that is available through the ST website or in hard cover copy.

Data Access Constraints:

Raw data can not be published. Any published data are in aggregated form so that no individual entity can be identified. For in-house analysis requiring access to non-aggregated data, users must sign a non-disclosure form and abide by the same regulations for aggregating data for publications.

Data Use Constraints:

Users with access to the data set for analysis purposes can only publish aggregated data following the rule of three to ensure protection of business records and sensitive data.

Users must be NMFS employees or have strong working ties with NMFS.

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 218482
File Name: NA

No downloadable data available for this data set. All data are published in aggregate form in several publications or are made available on an as-needed basis.



CC ID: 218163
URL Type:
Online Resource
File Resource Format: HTML

Index page for the Fisheries Statistics Division's Fisheries of the United States (FUS) publication. Data from the processed products database system and annual survey of seafood processors is presented in the Processed Products section of this annual document.

Index contains recent and archival issues in PDF format.


CC ID: 247525
URL Type:

Data Access Waiver

Technical Environment


Data are housed in an Oracle database on the Shark server in the NMFS Office of Science and Technology, Silver Spring, MD.

Data Quality


Production volume and value for seafood processors within the continental United States, and applicable territories, for companies that are sampled with the ST1 sampling frame. Survey is voluntary for all but federally licensed processors in the Northeast and there may be an annual variation in response rate.


Results may be effected by differences in annual survey return rates, coverage, and recency of the sampling frame.


Some companies may be missing from the data due to non-response or not being identified for the current year's sampling.

Completeness Report:

Processors are defined as an entity that changes the form of seafood products. For example, a processor that takes in a fresh fish and sells it frozen would qualify as a processor for the purposes of this survey.

Entities that change packaging, re-package, or move product without changing it's form do not fall into the definition of processor for the survey.

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Data from mail-in surveys are manually entered via an online data entry tool. Each survey return is reviewed for any data issues and the reporting entity is contacted for clarification.

Data from the USDA, the NMFS Seafood Inspection Service, and AKFIN, as well as mathematical estimation procedures, are employed to compensate for companies that chose not to participate in the survey.

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?: Yes
If Distributor (Data Hosting Service) is Needed, Please Indicate: No
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: 120 - 180 Days
If Delay is Longer than Latency of Automated Processing, Indicate Under What Authority Data Access is Delayed:

The data in the data-set is manually entered into the database via an online data entry program maintained by ST-6. Data collection lasts for approximately 3-5 months. After data is collected from each region and it is entered in the database, it is compiled, processed and put into Fisheries of the United States. The dissemination date for Fisheries of the United States is dependent on various factors but the publication is normally released in the summer.

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

Data is housed in a relational database

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.

Database tables are housed on the Shark server of the Office of Science and Technology and is subject to scheduled back-ups.


Lineage Statement:

The NMFS Survey of Fishery Processors is the only comprehensive, national survey that focuses on the domestic seafood processing industry.

In all regions except the Northeast, the survey is voluntary. In the Northeast it is mandatory for processors with a federal processing permit to provide the requested data.

The survey instrument is a paper form that asks for monthly employment figures, a list of product types and the volume and value of each product processed in the previous year. Space is provided for the company to fill in new products. The survey forms are produced by NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology and mailed to five different regional contacts. Each region then proceeds slightly differently:

• Northeast – The distribution of forms to companies is overseen by a lead port agent. Other port agents may assist with collecting information from the companies in their area. Dealer permits are not renewed if the processor has not provided the required data.

• Southeast and Gulf – Forms are distributed through the Southeast Fishery Science Center to the port agents along the coast who are then responsible for obtaining the data from the companies.

• Southwest and Northwest – Forms are distributed through, and returned to, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission office under an agreement with NMFS.

• Pacific Islands – Forms are distributed and collected by Pacific Islands Regional Office staff.

The companies in the survey are those that have reported previously or have been found by research or word-of-mouth. Adding companies in order to have a more complete data frame is a constant goal throughout the year.

Forms are returned to the Office of Science and Technology for data entry. Follow up contact may be attempted to clarify data that is excluded or unclear. Because the survey is voluntary, we do not receive data from every company we contact.

We employ various estimation and alternate data collection methods:

• Most Alaska data is obtained from the Alaska Fisheries Information Network (AKFIN).

• Data on salmon processing come from the Alaska Department of Revenue.

• USDA reports provide data on catfish and rainbow trout processing.

• Data from the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program are used to estimate the data for companies that have not reported to the Survey of Fishery Processors but are included in the inspection program

• Finally, imputation is used to estimate the remaining missing companies.

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 218474

Pre-printed forms with company contact information and previously reported seafood products are printed by the Office of Science and Technology. The surveys are then organized and packaged by region and sent to NMFS Regional Offices or Regional Council representatives for distribution.

Process Date/Time: 2014-12-17 00:00:00

Process Step 2

CC ID: 218475

Surveys are received by NMFS Regional Offices and Regional Council personnel and are distributed to the seafood processing companies. Follow-up attempts are made with the companies and data are returned within a time frame of 1-4 months. Surveys are sent to Office of Science and Technology personnel as they are returned to the regional representative.

Process Date/Time: 2014-05-19 00:00:00

Process Step 3

CC ID: 218476

Data are entered by Office of Science and Technology personnel using an online data entry tool, also designed and maintained by the Office of Science and Technology.

Process Date/Time: 2015-07-31 00:00:00

Process Step 4

CC ID: 218477

Data from the USDA Catfish Processing Report or the Catfish Database are used to flesh out the received catfish processing data.

Process Date/Time: 2014-07-28 00:00:00

Process Step 5

CC ID: 218478

Data from Alaska Department Revenue: Tax Division are used for salmon processing data.

Process Date/Time: 2015-07-29 00:00:00

Process Step 6

CC ID: 218479

Data are obtained from the NMFS Seafood Inspection Service to use as a production estimation for applicable non-respondents.

Process Date/Time: 2015-07-31 00:00:00

Process Step 7

CC ID: 218480

Mathematical estimation techniques are applied to last year's data to compensate for non-respondents.

Process Date/Time: 2015-08-10 00:00:00

Process Step 8

CC ID: 218481

All data are incorporated into working tables in the data-set and after some analysis are transferred to archive tables.

Process Date/Time: 2015-10-23 00:00:00

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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 3476
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:3476
Metadata Record Created By: Shirley Jeoffroy
Metadata Record Created: 2007-01-12 04:31+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:10+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2015-12-22
Owner Org: OST
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2015-12-22
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2016-12-22