NOAA SEFSC Pelagic Fisheries Logbook


The dataset reports the National Oceanis and Atmospheric Adminisration (NOAA) Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) Fisheries Logbook System. Logbooks record the fishing and non-fishing activity of fishermen who are required to report their fishing activity for each trip. The data are available at OBIS. The OBIS compiled data includes species name, individual count, lat/lon, and some environmental correlates like depth and salinity. 

Dataset Location: OBIS NOAA SEFSC Pelagic Fisheries Logbook

Direct Download: OBIS NOAA SEFSC Pelagic Fisheries Logbook

Site Location: Western and central Atlantic

Site(s) Georeferenced: Yes

Timespan: 1992 - 2005

Sampling Frequency: irregular

Data Collection Summary / Methods: Catch reports are submitted for vessels with various commercial permits. They must report all individuals caught with tallys, weights, and gear used. More details regarding the reporting forms and requirements - 

Data collected: OBIS data schema: species name, individual count, date, location, temperature, depth, salinity, nitrogen, oxygen, silicate.

Known Issues: The reporting data is collected a similar fashion, but fisherman do not use the same effort or gear.

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Conditions for use: 'freely available' and 'open-access' as per OBIS:

Citation/ Distributing Author: Southeast Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (year). NOAA Southeast Fishery Science Center (SEFSC) Fisheries Log Book System (FLS) Commercial Pelagic Logbook Data. Consulted on on [date].

Supplemental resources: SESFC Research and Data -

1986 - 2008 Pelagic Longline Logbooks -

Available via the EcoData Retriever: No

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