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Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 2023: Vessel Operating Units (Vessels),

Item Identification

Title: Vessel Operating Units (Vessels)
Short Name: Vessel Operating Units Data Tables
Status: In Work

This data set contains data for vessels that are greater than five net tons and have a current US Coast Guard documentation number. Beginning in1979, the NMFS initiated a system to conduct an annual survey to inventory all of the vessels that actively fished in commercial fisheries during the previous calendar year. The survey is conducted by port agents that are located at fishing port throughout the Southeast Region. They record the physical information about the vessels, e.g., length, age, horsepower, etc., as well as gathering information about the fishing characteristics of the vessels, e.g., type and amount of gear, number of crew, etc. Often the physical characteristics of the vessels are retrieved from the data maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard as part of their vessel documentation program. In recent years, much of the fishing characteristics are retrieved from either trip ticket and/or logbook data


The primary purpose of this data set is to provide an annual inventory of the vessels that are documented by the US Coast Guard and actively fished during a calendar year.


Inventory of active vessels by year


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
PARR Exclusion Non-Environmental Data
None Crew Size
None Effort
None fishdep
None fishery-dependent
None Gear
None Vessel Counts

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 1979-present

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Alabama
None Atlantic
None Florida
None Georgia
None Gulf Of Mexico
None Louisana
None Mississippi
None North Carolina
None South Carolina
None Texas

Stratum Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None County
None State

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 Set Type: Database
Maintenance Frequency: Annually
Data Presentation Form: Table (digital)

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 42790
Date Effective From: 2008-06-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Chau, Jade
Address: 263 13th Avenue South Room 201
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Email Address:
Phone: 727-824-5373
Business Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST/EDT


CC ID: 281934
Date Effective From: 1985
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

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 279157
Date Effective From: 2011
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Chau, Jade
Address: 263 13th Avenue South Room 201
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Email Address:
Phone: 727-824-5373
Business Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM EST/EDT
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

Point of Contact

CC ID: 284728
Date Effective From: 2011
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.

View Historical Support Roles


Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 284731
W° Bound: -100
E° Bound: -40
N° Bound: 35
S° Bound: 28

Gulf Of Mexico And South Atlantic Ocean

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 284730
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1985

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)

Data Access Constraints:

Waiver Needed

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 284733
Start Date: 2006
End Date: Present
Download URL:

Landing Page For Vessel Data

Review Status: Not Chked

Technical Environment


Oracle Tables

Data Quality

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Data are quality controlled by state personnel and port agents. Values are compared against valid lists of values.

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: 365
If Delay is Longer than Latency of Automated Processing, Indicate Under What Authority Data Access is Delayed:

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: 365
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: 284732

Data are extracted form existing trip ticket databases and merged with information on vessel characteristics supplied by the SERO permits office and USCG vessel database.

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity Table: VOU_VESOP

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 5380
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:5380
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2007-10-12 05:58+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Bryson Anderson
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-01-27 17:20+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-05-06
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2021-05-06
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-05-06