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Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, 2023: Hawaii DAR Commercial Catch,

Item Identification

Title: Hawaii DAR Commercial Catch
Status: In Work
Revision Date: 2021-07-30

Hawaii law requires that all fishers who take marine life for commercial purposes report their catch and effort to the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR). From 1948 through 2009, fishers submitted their effort and catch using paper forms supplied by DAR. The forms were revised multiple times over the years therefore the exact elements tracked depends on the year. In January 2010, DAR launched a self reporting web application to replace the paper forms. A minority of fishers still submit paper forms which are then entered into the web application by DAR staff. All data from 1948 through today has been migrated into a single modern database.


To document commercial fishing (catch) in Hawaii.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None catch
None commercial
None DAR
None fisheries
None FMB
None landings
None WPacFIN

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 1948 - present

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Kiribati
None Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI)
None Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI)
None Pacific Ocean
None Pacific Remote Island Areas (PRIA)

Physical Location

Organization: Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
City: Honolulu
State/Province: HI
Country: USA
Location Description:

1845 Wasp Boulevard, Bldg. #176

Honolulu, Hawaii 96818

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Data Set Type: Database
Maintenance Frequency: Quarterly
Data Presentation Form: Table (digital)

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 1076072
Date Effective From: 2021-07
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Gough, Bradley M
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
Email Address:
Contact Instructions:

Contact via email


CC ID: 246884
Date Effective From: 1980
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Western Pacific Fishery Information Network (WPacFIN)
Address: NMFS/PIFSC/FRMD/IFMP, 1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176
Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone: (808) 725-5660
Business Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm (HST)

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 1076073
Date Effective From: 2021-07
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Gough, Bradley M
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
Email Address:
Contact Instructions:

Contact via email

Point of Contact

CC ID: 1112131
Date Effective From: 2021-12
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Suter, Jenny M
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96818
Email Address:
Contact Instructions:

Contact via email

View Historical Support Roles


Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 42517
W° Bound: 179
E° Bound: -150
N° Bound: 30
S° Bound: 0

The fishing area around Hawaii can be variable and has changed in the over 50 years that the reporting has been in place. Fishing area includes Main Hawaiian Islands, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, high seas, the Pacific Remote Island Areas (PRIA), and out to Kiribati.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 42518
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1948

These self reported forms have been collected since at least 1948, and have been revised continually, adding areas, fishing methods, ports of landing and species codes. On October 1, 2002 new reporting forms were implemented providing more detailed species and effort data and eliminating sales data (October 1, 2002), after dealer reporting was implemented.

Access Information

Security Class: Sensitive
Data Access Procedure:

Data belong to the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources (DAR). Data sharing is by cooperative WPacFIN agreement. Nonconfidential summaries are published. Confidential access can be granted to qualified users by WPacFIN only with permission from DAR.

Data Access Constraints:

Requires signing a PIFSC non-disclosure statement for fisheries confidential data and approval from the data owner.

Data Quality

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

QC review prior to data entry, some automated QC during data entry, and further QC after data entry.

Data Management

Have Resources for Management of these Data Been Identified?: Yes
Approximate Percentage of Budget for these Data Devoted to Data Management: Unknown
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: 1 Year
Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: To Be Determined
If To Be Determined, Unable to Archive, or No Archiving Intended, Explain:

NCEI-MD does not accept sensitive data at this time

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?:

PIFSC ITS performs scheduled back-ups.


Lineage Statement:

Prior to 2009, data were submitted to the Hawaii DAR on mandatory catch reporting forms and entered by agency staff into the DAR database. After 2009, an increasing percentage of the data were entered online by fishers and edited by DAR staff.

Child Items

Rubric scores updated every 15m

Rubric Score Type Title
Entity view_catch

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 5609
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:5609
Metadata Record Created By: Christopher Y Tokita
Metadata Record Created: 2007-10-18 15:40+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:10+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2019-07-23
Owner Org: PIFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2019-07-23
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2020-07-23