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Abstract: The Fisheries Statistics & Economics Division of the National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS) has automated data summary programs that anyone can use to
rapidly and easily summarize U.S. commercial fisheries landings.

These programs allow you to query our commercial fishery data bases and
summarize United States domestic commercial landings in several formats.
Domestic fishery landings are those fish and shellfish that are landed and sold
in the 50 states by U.S. fishermen and do not include landings made in U.S.
territories or by foreign fishermen. You can summarize the pounds and dollar
value of commercial landings by your choice of years, months, states and
species for the years 1990-2002. The volume and value of 1950-2002 landings can
be summarized by: years, states and species; by years, states, species and
fishing gears; or years, states, species, finfish or shellfish groups, and
price per pound.

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Description: Home page for the Fisheries, Statistics and Economics Division

Geographic Coverage
 N: 49.0 S: 25.0  E: -67.0  W: -125.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Creator: NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service, Fisheries Statistics and Economics Division
Dataset Title: Fishery Statistics and Economics Database
Dataset Release Date: March 25, 2003
Dataset Publisher: NOAA,NMFS, Fisheries Statistics and Economics Division
Online Resource:

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1950-01-01
Stop Date: 2001-01-01

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Commercial Fishery Landings
All annual and monthly landing summaries will return only non confidential
landing statistics. Federal statutes prohibit public disclosure of landings (or
other information) that would allow identification of the data contributors and
possibly put them at a competitive disadvantage. Most summarized landings are
non confidential, but whenever confidential landings occur they have been
combined with other landings and usually reported as "finfishes, unc"
(unclassified) or "shellfishes, unc." Total landings by state include
confidential data and will be accurate, but landings reported by individual
species may, in some instances, be misleading due to data confidentiality.

The summarized landings retrieved by the four commercial fisheries queries
represent the most current data available. These data are updated weekly.

Landings are reported in pounds of round (live) weight for all species or
groups except univalve and bivalve mollusks, such as clams, mussels, oysters
and scallops, which are reported as pounds of meats (excludes shell weight).
Our landings data may sometimes differ from state-reported landings due to our
reporting of mollusks in meat weights rather than gallons, shell weight, or
bushels. Also, we include some species such as kelp and oysters that are
sometimes reported by state agricultural agencies and may not be included with
state fishery agency landings data.

Many fishery products are gutted or otherwise processed while at sea and are
landed in a product type other than round (whole) weight. The NMFS has standard
conversion factors for the majority of the commonly caught species that convert
their landing weights from any product type to whole weight. It is the whole
weight that is displayed in our web site landing statistics. Caution should be
exercised when using these statistics. An example of a potential problem is
when landings statistics are used to monitor fishery quotas. In some
situations, specific conversion factors may have been designated in fishery
management plans or Federal rule making that differ from those historically
used by NMFS in reporting landings statistics.

The dollar value of our landings are reported as nominal (current at the time
of reporting) values. Users can use the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or the
Producer Price Index (PPI) to convert these nominal landing values into real
(deflated) values.

Landings do not include aquaculture products except for clams, mussels and

In the monthly landings summary, some data are not reported by the actual month
of landing. Data not reported by month have a month name of Nsp (not
specified). Month is indicated as Nsp for Connecticut and Delaware which only
report annual landings or for other states such as Massachusetts which have
some landings which aren't reported by the actual month of landing.

When landings are summarized for "Atlantic States" or by "South Atlantic
States," Florida data include only landings made on Florida's east coast and
inland counties and waters; they don't include landings made at Florida west
coast ports. When "Gulf States" are selected, the Florida landings are for
Florida's west coast ports only and do not include landings at east coast ports
or inland waters or counties. Selecting "Florida, State Total" as the
geographical area will summarize landings for Florida's Gulf and Atlantic
coasts and for inland counties and waters. Pacific landings summarized by state
include an artificial ?state? designation of ?At-Sea Process, Pac.? This
designation was assigned to landings consisting of primarily whiting caught in
the EEZ off Washington and Oregon that were processed aboard large vessels
while at sea. No Pacific state lists these fish on their trip tickets which are
used to report state fishery landing, hence the at-sea processor designation
was used to insure that they would be listed as a U.S. landing.

When selecting the SPECIES option box to summarize landings, use the species
look-up table rather than entering a common species name because NMFS may not
use the same name in its master species coding table that you use; i.e., you
may get an output saying there were no matching records. You should get
accurate and complete data if you select the SPECIES options of "All Species
Individually" or "All Species Combined." Avoid entering broad common names such
as "flounder" in the SPECIES selection box because some flatfish may be listed
by other common names such as dab, plaice, sole, etc. You may not get landings
data for some of the listed species because these species or market categories
were used as identifiers in other data bases such as the processed product
survey or our monthly report of the volume of fishery products held in cold
storage. Also be aware that some group names such as salmon only indicate
landings of salmonoid fishes that were not identified by individual species.
You have to combine "salmon" landings with the landings by individual species
to get total salmon landings.

The fishing gear used to capture many species were sometimes not reported,
("Not Coded" or "Unspecified Gear") or were commonly reported as "Combined
Gears" meaning that multiple types of gear were fished. Landings for these
unknown gear types sometimes exceed landings reported by individual gear,
depending on the species.

Landings for Florida inland counties and waters are unavailable for years prior
to 1962 and the landings indicated by our query programs are known to be very
incomplete for 1996 and 1998.

Landing summaries are based on data extracted from the Pacific States Marine
Fisheries Commissions PacFIN database and from eight NMFS data bases, data
bases that overlap in time and geographic coverage. Although numerous checks
have been made to verify the completeness and accuracy of total landings by
state and year, it is impossible to verify data accuracy at all summary levels.
If you should find any errors or questionable data, please notify us at our
e-mail address.

Specialized Programs
The "specialized" query that summarizes landings by distance from shore reports
preliminary data that are annually published in "Fisheries of the U.S." These
data are not updated and may differ significantly from landings summarized by
the other four query programs.

Leading Ports:
The leading port query programs summarize the pounds and dollar value (in
millions) of commercial fishery landings at major U. S. fishing ports. Though
some ports in recent years are listed with landings as low as 5 million pounds
or dollars, most ports prior to 1993 are not listed unless their landings
exceed 10 million pounds or dollars. Some ports with landings exceeding 10
million pounds or dollars may not be listed due to data confidentiality.

Vessel Documentation:
Starting in August 2001 we only indicate United States Coast Guard (USCG)
vessel ownership information for craft with current issuance and expiration
dates on their Certificate of Documentation or for those craft who have not
exceeded their expiration date by more than 180 days. We won't report ownership
information for craft missing an issuance or an expiration date because these
vessels may have been sold and the new owners may choose not to have them
documented or because some prior or new owners may choose to have them numbered
by a state rather than documented by the USCG. Under this second set of
circumstances, the prior owner could otherwise incorrectly be indicated as the
current owner.

As of March 2003 we no longer are provided with the initial documentation
issuance date for the current owner and, therefore, we now report the issuance
date listed for the most recent data that we have gotten from the USCG. The
absence of an expiration date, or when an expiration date is passed, does not
necessarily indicate a vessel is technically out of documentation because the
USCG sometimes puts these craft into an investigative status.

The year built and tonnage data for many vessels were not included in the March
2003 data feed of vessel documentation data that we received from the USCG. The
USCG is aware of the omission and will provide these data in the next quarterly
update of our vessel documentation data.

In addition to listing each vessel's service as indicated by the owner, we also
list all endorsements held by craft. The trade indicators are considered to be
more reliable descriptors of the types or uses of vessels than is the service
indicator. An asterisk is used to indicate missing or unreported data for all
vessel or ownership variables

Access Constraints

Use Constraints

commercial fishery databases
annual commercial landing statistics
commercial landings database
Great Lakes Landings Database
U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Database

Data Set Progress

Data Center
Fisheries Statistics and Economics Division, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce    [Information]
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: 301-713-2367
Email: sthelp at
Contact Address:
National Marine Fisheries Service
Fisheries Statistics and Economics Division
Office of Science and Technology
1315 East-West Highway
City: Silver Spring
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20910
Country: USA

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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2003-09-30
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23
Future DIF Review Date: 2004-09-30