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Title: Fisheries Management and Analysis Division
Short Name: FMA Division
Status: In Work
Abstract:

The precursor to the North Pacific Groundfish Observer Program (NPGOP) was established in 1973. A small group of U.S. advisory scientists were invited aboard Japanese motherships to monitor the incidental catches of Pacific halibut in the groundfish catches. This group expanded into the Foreign Fishery Observer Program when the Magnuson Fishery Conservation Act of 1976 mandated that foreign vessels operating within the Fishery Conservation Zone accept U.S. citizens as observers.

In 1978, U.S. fishers entered the fishery through joint venture operations with the foreign vessels. Legislative acts in 1988-90 mandated observer coverage of domestic fishing vessels, resulting in the creation of the NPGOP. By 1991, the Americanization of the Alaskan groundfish fisheries was complete and all foreign fishing ended.

The observer program is managed by the Fisheries Monitoring and Analysis Division (FMA) which is charged with monitoring groundfish fishing activities in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off Alaska and conducting research associated with sampling commercial fishery catches; estimation of catch and bycatch mortality; and analysis of fishery-dependent data. The Division is responsible for training, briefing, debriefing and oversight of observers who collect catch data onboard fishing vessels and at onshore processing plants and for quality control/quality assurance of the data provided by these observers. Division staff process data and make it available to the Sustainable Fisheries Division of the Alaska Regional Office for quota monitoring and to scientists in other AFSC divisions for stock assessment, ecosystem investigations, and an array of research investigations

Purpose:

Our mission is to collect and provide the catch, bycatch, and biological data necessary to support in-season monitoring and stock assessment commensurate with the highest level of data quality, data integrity, and

professionalism.

Notes:

The NPGOP headquarters are located in Seattle, Washington, at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, 7600 Sand Point Way, NE. Satellite offices exist in Anchorage, Kodiak, and Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Our scientific staff oversees the gathering and dissemination of fisheries data collected by biologists (observers) stationed aboard U.S. fishing vessels and at shore-based processing plants.

Keywords

Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None BYCATCH
None GROUNDFISH
None MAGNUSSON-STEVENS
None OBSERVERS
None RESEARCH

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None 1973 TO PRESENT
None CONTINUOUS

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None BERING SEA
None BS
None BSAI
None GOA
None GULF OF ALASKA
None NORTH PACIFIC

Stratum Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
UNCONTROLLED
None FIXED
None MOBILE
None OCEANIC
None PELEGIC

Physical Location

Organization: Alaska Fisheries Science Center
City: Seattle
State/Province: WA
Country: USA

Project Information

Project Type: Program
Is Mandated?: Yes
Mandated By: DOC
Collection Type: Observer
Collection Authority: Federal
Collection Method: Electronic and Paper

Support Roles

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 29878
Date Effective From: 2007-09-15
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Narita, Renold E
Email Address: ren.narita@noaa.gov
Contact Instructions:

206 526 4053

Publisher

CC ID: 179974
Date Effective From: 2007-09-15
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Fisheries Monitoring and Analysis (FMA)

Extents

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 29879
W° Bound: -179
E° Bound: -130
N° Bound: 65
S° Bound: 55
Description

United States Fishery Conservation Zone contiguous to the state of Alaska.

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 155219
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1973
Description:

From the placement of fishery observers on Foreign vessels to the present day.

Access Information

Security Class: Confidential
Data Access Policy:

Confidentiality agreement required.

Metadata Use Constraints:

None

URLs

URL 1

CC ID: 29881
URL: http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/FMA/default.htm
Description:

Fisheries Monitoring and Analysis Home Page

URL 2

CC ID: 29884
URL: http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/Quarterly/ond2007/divrptsFMA1.htm
Description:

An article describing 2008 database and procedural changes.

URL 3

CC ID: 155220
URL: http://www.afsc.noaa.gov/Quarterly/jfm2013/jfm13featurelead.htm
Description:

An arcticle describing the 2013 program restructure.

Technical Environment

Description:

All Observer (FMA) data are maintained in an enterprise instance of an Oracle database. Data entry of field data is by batch process using SQL Loader. Editing and reporting use a combination of SQL queries, and Oracle Application Express.

Acronyms

ATLAS Java Client used by field observers for data entry and trasmission of fishery statistics to AFSC by satelite email.
FMA Fishery Monitoring and Analysis
NPGOP North Pacific Groudfish Observer Program
OODS Observer Declare and Deploy System
USFCZ United States Fishery Conservation Zone

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 7282
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:7282
Metadata Record Created By: Doug Turnbull
Metadata Record Created: 2008-03-26 11:11+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2016-05-03
Owner Org: AFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2016-05-03
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2017-05-03