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

Item Identification

Title: CNMI Commercial Fisheries BioSampling (CFBS)
Status: In Work

The main market sampling program in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is the new biosampling program implemented in late 2010 on the island of Saipan. It is a joint Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) and industry project with a local environmental consulting firm doing most of the field work, data processing, and obtaining of life history samples. DFW is working up some of the life history samples for that aspect of the project. It is strictly a voluntary data collection system requiring ingenuity to obtain the participation of a large percentage of the main fish vendors on the islands of Saipan, Rota and Tinian. All catches are from the CNMI with some of them coming from up to 100 miles from Saipan. It is a census sampling program of 100% of the commercial harvest of a subsample of the trips landing during any sampling period. Due to logistics and resource limitations, the majority of sampling was initially (Dec 2010-late 2012) focused on the spearfish reef fish fishery on Saipan. This has since expanded to include information on the bottomfish fishery as well data from Tinian and Rota. Life history samples are also being collected on several species on reef fish and one deep bottomfish. These data 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 DFW
None DNA
None gonads
None LHP
None life history
None otoliths
None size
None weight

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Saipan

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: Daily
Data Presentation Form: Table (digital)

Support Roles


CC ID: 1268551
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: 1268552
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: 70030
W° Bound: 135
E° Bound: 150
N° Bound: 25
S° Bound: 13

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands EEZ

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 69768
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 2010-12

Access Information

Security Class: Sensitive
Data Access Procedure:

Data belong to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW). Data sharing is by cooperative WPacFIN agreement. Other access can only be granted by DFW.

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: NCEI-MD
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Archiving: 1 Year
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 Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 5633
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:5633
Metadata Record Created By: Christopher Y Tokita
Metadata Record Created: 2007-10-18 16:08+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Brent M Miyamoto
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-08-26 02:43+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