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Pacific Islands Regional Office, 2023: Pacific Islands Region Fishing Permits,

Item Identification

Title: Pacific Islands Region Fishing Permits
Short Name: PIRO Permits
Status: In Work

The Sustainable Fisheries Division Permits Program issues around 300 permits annually for pelagic longline and troll & handline, bottomfish, crustacean (lobster and shrimp), coral reef, and precious coral fisheries. The permits are for American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Northern Mariana Islands, Pacific Remote Islands, and Pacific Marine National Monument areas. These permits are linked to Fishery Ecosystem Plans managing Federal fisheries within the Exclusive Economic Zones around these areas.


Permits are issued in compliance with Federal regulations authorized by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None American Samoa
None Bottomfish
None Deepwater Shrimp
None Guam
None Hawaii
None Limited Entry
None Lobster
None Longline
None Marine National Monument Fishing
None MHI Non-commercial Bottomfish
None Northern Mariana Islands
None Pacific Remote Island Areas
None PRIA Troll and Handline
None Special Coral Reef Ecosystem Fishing
None Western Pacific
None Western Pacific Crustaceans
None Western Pacific General Longline
None Western Pacific Precious Coral
None Western Pacific Receiving Vessel

Physical Location

Organization: Pacific Islands Regional Office
City: Honolulu
State/Province: HI

Data Set Information

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

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 240999
Date Effective From: 2014
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Ikehara, Walter
Address: 1845 Wasp Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96818
Email Address:
Phone: 808-725-5175
Contact Instructions:

double check re: the year started


CC ID: 241029
Date Effective From: 1988
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO)
Address: 1845 Wasp Boulevard, Bldg 176
Honolulu, HI 96818

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 241008
Date Effective From: 2015
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): McGregor, Michelle
Address: 1845 Wasp Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96818
Email Address:
Phone: 808-725-5172

Point of Contact

CC ID: 241035
Date Effective From: 2014
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Ikehara, Walter
Address: 1845 Wasp Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96818
Email Address:
Phone: 808-725-5175


Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 241011

Central and Western Pacific Ocean

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 240934
Time Frame Type: Continuing
Start: 1988

Access Information

Security Class: Sensitive
Data Access Policy:

Only authorized individuals may access database

Data Access Procedure:

Only authorized NMFS staff are allowed access to full permit data. The data steward receives data requests and prepares extracts from the databases to requesting staff. Permit records are made available to NMFS Office of Law Enforcement staff upon request. Data extracts are transmitted securely. A limited summary of a subset of publicly accessible permit information is published on the PIRO website monthly.

Data Access Constraints:

Data may not be shared with non-authorized individuals. Data are not accessible to individuals without prior authorization or password access to the National Permit System or local databases.

Technical Environment


PIRO Permits are stored in two environments. Hawaii longline limited access permits and WCPFC Area Endorsements are processed and stored in the National Permit System (NPS) operated by NOAA OCIO at HQ. Other permits are processed and stored in FileMaker Pro databases hosted on PIRO servers. Prior authorization and passwords are required to access NPS and the FileMaker Pro databases. Permit holders may renew Hawaii longline permits and HSFCA permits via an online publicly accessible NPS site. In time, more PIRO permit programs will be moved into NPS.

Data Quality

Quality Control Procedures Employed:

Permit application data are verified against the information on the permit application and previous permit records. Information about businesses may be verified against state business registration records. Vessel information is confirmed by US Coast Guard vessel certificates of documentation or state vessel registration records. Radio call sign information is verified via FCC call sign searches. Permit applications, processing checklists, and permit certificates are reviewed by the Assistant Regional Administrator before issuance.

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
Approximate Delay Between Data Collection and Dissemination: unknown
Actual or Planned Long-Term Data Archive Location: NCEI-CO
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?:

Local databases are backed up daily by PIRO-IT.

NPS database is backed up by NOAA OCIO at HQ.


Lineage Statement:

Paper application forms are entered manually into permit databases. Hawaii longline limited access permit applications and WCPFC Area Endorsement and FEEZ Supplement applications are entered into the National Permit System (NPS) online. Other permit applications are entered into local databases. Issuance, effective, and expiration dates are updated in the databases when the permits are issued. Databases generate permit certificates and letters. Permit certificates and accompanying documents are delivered to permit holders.

Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 9552
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:9552
Metadata Record Created By: Eric Forney
Metadata Record Created: 2009-06-29 13:47+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2016-04-26
Owner Org: PIRO
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2016-04-26
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2017-04-26