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Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, 2023: American Samoa Commercial Fisheries BioSampling (CFBS),

Item Identification

Title: American Samoa Commercial Fisheries BioSampling (CFBS)
Status: In Work

There was a fairly short-lived market sampling program created by the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) staff back in the mid to late 1990s which focused on obtaining species ID, length and weights primarily from the spearfishing reef fish fishery. There is no known database for this information. In October 2010, with new funding from Congress, FMB established a far more robust commercial fisheries biosampling program at DMWR that focuses on obtaining life length and weight frequencies for whole commercial catches and detailed life history samples for 4-6 selected species annually, plus fishing location and effort (hours fished) data from local primarily spear and bottomfish fishers. The biosampling program is on-going and will continue as resources permit. In addition to obtaining census samples for entire catches from a sample of the fishing trips landing on Tutuila, it also obtains otolith and gonad samples from a few species that are being submitted for life history work (e.g. size, age at maturity, etc.). These data include individual identifiers and are considered confidential.


Provide monitoring support for commercial fisheries life history and fisheries assessment under the revised Magnuson Stevens Act.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None biosampling
None commercial
None DNA
None gonads
None LHP
None life history
None otoliths
None size
None weight

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None American Samoa

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

Honolulu, HI 96814

Data Set Information

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

Support Roles


CC ID: 1268549
Date Effective From: 2019
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC)
Address: 1845 Wasp Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96818
Email Address:
Phone: 808-725-5360
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Point of Contact

CC ID: 1268550
Date Effective From: 2023-08
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Schemmel, Eva M
Email Address:
Contact Instructions:

Contact via email.

View Historical Support Roles


Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 69714
W° Bound: -175
E° Bound: -165
N° Bound: 0
S° Bound: -15

American Samoa EEZ

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 69715
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 2010-10

DMWR Staff underwent training in Oct 2010 to conduct biosampling in market and coastal settings and began collecting data in Dec 2010

Access Information

Security Class: Sensitive
Data Access Procedure:

Data belong to the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR). Data sharing is by cooperative WPacFIN agreement. Other access can be granted only by DMWR.

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?: 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: 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:

Data is owned by Territories

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:

Data are collected and entered by the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 5619
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:5619
Metadata Record Created By: Christopher Y Tokita
Metadata Record Created: 2007-10-18 15:52+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Brent M Miyamoto
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-08-25 18:49+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