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Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 2022: Coastal Logbook Survey (Vessels),

Item Identification

Title: Coastal Logbook Survey (Vessels)
Short Name: Coastal Fisheries Logbook
Status: In Work

This data set contains catch (landed catch) and effort for fishing trips made by vessels that have been issued a Federal permit for the Gulf of Mexico reef fish, South Atlantic snapper-grouper, sharks, and king and Spanish mackerel fisheries. Because the soak time for these fisheries is relatively short, it is infeasible to require fishermen to complete a separate form every time the gear is deployed. Thus, the catch and effort data for the entire trip are reported on a single form (i.e., one form per trip). In 1990, the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) initiated a logbook program for vessels that held a federal vessel permit to fish in the Gulf reef fish fishery. A similar program was initiated in 1992 for vessels with federal permits in the snapper-grouper fishery in the South Atlantic region. These two programs combined to form the basis of the coastal fisheries logbook program. In 1993, this program was expanded to include vessels with federal permits in the shark fishery and in 1999 it was expanded to include vessels with commercial vessel permits in the king and Spanish mackerel fisheries. The types of information required on this trip form includes information on the quantity (reported in pounds) caught for each species, the area of catch, the type and quantity of gear, the date of departure and return, the dealer and location (county and state where the trip is unloaded), the duration of the trip (time away from dock), an estimate of the fishing time, and the number of crew are included on this form.


There are two primary purposes for the implementation of this data collection program. One purpose is to provide a consistent data collection methodology for vessels that have Federal permits thought the Southeast Region. Second, the program was implemented to provide data on fishing effort, amount and location, and the associated catches for offshore trips so catch per unit effort could be calculated and evaluated as a reasonable index of abundance.


Logbooks submitted by coastal fishery captains containing data on location, effort, and catch data


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None grouper
None Logbook
None Reef Fish
None snapper

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 1986-present

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Alabama
None Caribbean
None Florida
None Georgia
None Gulf Coast
None Louisiana
None Mississippi
None North Carolina
None SE Atlantic Coast
None South Carolina
None Texas

Stratum Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None date
None dealer
None gear
None location
None month
None species
None vessel
None year

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: As Needed
Data Presentation Form: Table (digital)

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 281996
Date Effective From: 2014
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Hall, Jeremy
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
Email Address:
Phone: 305-361-4583
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.


CC ID: 279228
Date Effective From: 1990
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
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 284790
Date Effective From: 2009
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Gloeckner, David
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33139
Email Address:
Phone: 305-361-4257
Fax: 305-361-4460
Contact Instructions:

Contact by email preferred.

Point of Contact

CC ID: 281999
Date Effective From: 2001
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


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 282002
W° Bound: -98
E° Bound: -65
N° Bound: 45
S° Bound: 24

Gulf Of Mexico And U.S. South Atlantic Ocean

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 282001
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1990

Access Information

Security Class: Sensitive
Data Access Policy:

Confidential user only

Data Access Procedure:

Read and sign for NOAA Administrative Order 216 100 Read and sign System Access Application (see URLs) Contact DBA Daniel Leon at daniel.leon for userid password.

Data Access Constraints:

Waiver Needed

Data Use Constraints:

Rule of 3 when releasing to public

Technical Environment


Oracle Database

Data Quality

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Range checks and validation against historical distributions.

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: 60
If Delay is Longer than Latency of Automated Processing, Indicate Under What Authority Data Access is Delayed:

Confidentiality. 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: 730
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: 284795

Forms submitted by fishermen to SEFSC staff through paper logbooks. Data entry is done by an offsite contractor. SEFSC staff Q/C data into database housed in Miami

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 7144
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:7144
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2008-02-28 10:55+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2021-05-06 22:24+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-05-06
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-05-07