Collected from fishing vessels and seafood dealers, fishery-dependent data includes information on fishing location, gear type, area fished, landings, bycatch, ex-vessel price, operational costs, and catch sampling. Together this data plays a critical role in establishing stock abundance, setting quotas, and informing management actions.
Existing data systems, created over many years to support various fishery management plans and regulations, have strained the current data system. Similarly, in New England and the Mid-Atlantic, the demands of new quota-based management have led to an increased need for finer scale and more timely data. To address these shifting needs, NOAA has established a working group to explore how fishery-dependent data quality, usefulness, timeliness, and delivery can be improved.