Data and Information Systems in the Northeast
We provide data and information systems, analysis, and management support of fisheries monitoring and research efforts.
What We Do
Data and Information Systems
DIS development teams design, develop, test, debug, deliver, and maintain data information systems for several high-profile regional fisheries monitoring and research efforts. The programs they support include:
- Northeast Fisheries Observer Program
- Northeast Multispecies At-sea Monitoring Program
- Electronic Monitoring Program
- Study Fleet Program
- Gulf of Maine Bottom Longline Survey
DIS Development Teams are aligned to deliver data information systems consistent with NOAA Fisheries Office of the Chief Information Officer and the NEFSC Information Technology Division security and organizational requirements. DIS development team capabilities include web applications, desktop applications, application programming interface, databases, and mobile applications.
The DIS Data Analysis Team bridges organizational capability gaps and enhances the value of our data to enable data-driven decision making. We identify, analyze, and interpret data trends or patterns to track the performance and progress of fisheries monitoring and research efforts, which allows us to make recommendations for operational improvements. Our goal is to present engaging and beneficial analytical products to a diverse group of regional stakeholders.
The DIS Data Management Team uses a strategy for overall data lifecycle management: collection, storage/maintenance, use, archival, and destruction. This strategy includes developing policies that improve data governance, i.e. the planning, stewardship, and enforcement of our data assets. This team develops and fosters relationships with regional stakeholders to forward the goals of the Fisheries-Dependent Data Initiative: to improve coordination, reduce duplication of efforts, and promote the efficient allocation of resources needed to meet management goals.
Fisheries Monitoring Efforts
Pre-Trip Notification System
The Pre-Trip Notification System (PTNS) assigns observers and at-sea monitors to fishing vessels in accordance with the Standard Bycatch Reporting Methodology and mandated coverage rates of industry-funded programs. The fishing industry, observer providers, and NOAA staff use the PTNS, which automatically links to other observer and electronic monitoring data systems for increased efficiency.
Fishery Monitoring Portal
The Fishery Monitoring Portal is the central hub of communications and information for fisheries monitoring operations in New England. Users include NOAA Fisheries, observers and at-sea monitors, observer and electronic monitoring providers, NOAA Office of Law enforcement, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Observers can review their scheduled deployments, assigned vessel safety information, training and certification information, and manage availability, among other tasks.
Northeast Electronic Monitoring Information System
The Northeast Electronic Monitoring Information System (NEMIS) is a RESTful application programming interface used for submitting electronic monitoring data from third-party providers in the Northeast. fisheries using electronic monitoring submit fishing-dependent data to NOAA Fisheries. NOAA publishes the NEMIS API specification on the web in the OpenAPI Specification format, which defines a standard, language-agnostic interface to the NEMIS RESTful API.
Observer At-Sea Information System
The Observer At-Sea Information System is a mobile application used by fisheries observers and at-sea monitors to collect fisheries data aboard commercial fishing vessels. OASIS allows for near real-time paperless data collection, which greatly improves the timeliness and use of fisheries data across their lifecycle. Science and management use these data throughout the Northeast region for a variety of analyses, such as estimating the annual bycatch of all federally managed species in the region.
Cooperative Research Efforts
The Fisheries Logbook and Data Recording Software
The Fisheries Logbook Data Recording Software (FLDRS) is a research tool used by Study Fleet participants to collect detailed fishing effort, catch, and discard data during routine fishing operations. We use these data to support stock assessments, research the impacts of offshore wind on fishing operations, develop thermal niche models, inform regional oceanographic models, and more.
Gulf of Maine Cooperative Bottom Longline Survey
To support the Cooperative Research Branch, the Data and Information Systems Branch is prototyping a mobile-first data collection solution for small-boat surveys conducted aboard commercial fishing vessels. This effort includes offline data collection using ruggedized tablets, digital scales, barcode printers and scanners, and other technology to capture biological information from the landed catch. These data are used for stock assessments and research questions about species distribution shifts and ecosystem dynamics.
Data and Information Systems Branch
25 Bernard East Saint Jean Drive
East Falmouth, MA 02536