The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) is the principal source of dependable and timely marine fishery statistics for Atlantic coast fisheries

 

Data Caveats FAQ

Non-confidential vs. Confidential Accounts and Data

Non-confidential and confidential are the two types of accounts and data that are available in the Data Warehouse.

With both accounts you receive a login name and self-created password to access the Data Warehouse and have the ability to work with staff to create custom data requests.

To obtain a non-confidential account fill out the online form. You will receive an email with instructions on how to log in and create your own password within 1-5 business days. Non-confidential accounts allow you to access tables in the Data Warehouse that display only non-confidential data.

To obtain a confidential account fill out the online form and submit it to the Program Partner that submitted the data for which you are requesting. NOTE: A separate form must be filled out for each partner. Confidential accounts allow you to access tables in the Data Warehouse that display non-confidential data and the confidential data to which you have been granted access.

Federal and state regulations prohibit public disclosure of data that could lead to the identification of the contributing individual or individuals, so access to detailed data is limited to those users with confidential accounts. Non-confidential data are summarized to abide by the rules of confidentiality.  For more information, please visit our confidentiality page.

Status of the Data

Most datasets are available for the last full year. The timing of updates varies by data source.

If you would like to sign up for an email alert when new data are uploaded please send an email to info@accsp.org.

Click here for the most up-to-date listing of the available data.

Monthly and Annual Summaries

Depending upon the data source and year, some data were reported in monthly or annual summaries. If data are a monthly summary, the day value will be 00. If data are an annual summary the day and month values will both 00. As reporting systems improve over time, the amount of summarized data decreases.

However, the 00 value can be found if the day or months are unknown or not reported.

Regions

The two regions in the Data Warehouse are Northeast and Southeast. The sub-regions in the Northeast are North Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic. The sub-regions in the Southeast are South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

Florida landings fall into both Southeast sub-regions. If you would like Florida Atlantic or Florida Gulf Coast landings you should include the sub-region level to separate these landings.

Area Codes

Caution should be used when querying Dealer Reports by area. This field is often not reported. A query by a specific area may produce results that do not include all actual reported landings.

Hours Fished

The hours fished information is provided differently based upon partner. You should query multiple fields to ensure complete information including fishing hours and soak time.

Species

Species should be chosen using the flashlight tool to the right of the parameter field since the queries find specific values.

Queries do allow the selection of more than one species. Select the species you are interested in and then run the query. Species do not have to be scientifically related by family. They can be caught in the same gear or have the same ecological role.

For example, if you are interested in shrimp landings, but are unsure how each state reported the landings by species, select ‘SHRIMP, WHITE’, ‘SHRIMP, PINK’, ‘SHRIMP, BROWN’ and ‘SHRIMP, PENAEID’ and view the results by ‘All Species.’

Error Notification

Errors occur when you press return after completing a field instead of utilizing the ‘Go’ button. If you get an error, please use the back button and either move the cursor over to the ‘Go’ button before pressing return or use the mouse to click on the ‘Go’ button. You may need to log out and back in again to reset the query. If errors persist, please contact support@accsp.org.

Quality Assurance and Quality Checks (QA/QC)

In addition to the error checking and QA/QC done by the Data Team staff, the data are checked at the partner level.  An annual review of commercial data takes place at the Commercial Technical Committee meeting each Spring.

Recreational data are reviewed internally at NOAA before they are provided to ACCSP.

Reported Quantity, Landed Pounds and Live Pounds

Reported quantity refers to what was landed and reported, including market and grade categories. Reported quantity must be viewed with the units of measure (lbs, bushels, etc.).

Landed pounds refers to the reported quantity converted into pounds. For example, a landing may have a reported quantity of 13 and unit measure of count and be dressed.  These 13 dressed fish weigh 28 pounds and so the landed pounds is 28.

Live pounds is the reported quantity converted to whole animal weight. Live pounds is a more accurate measure of what was harvested.  For example, the 13 dressed fish weigh 28 pounds, but represent 35 pounds of live weight.  Shellfish are the exception and are converted to meat-weights in this column.

Dealer Reports vs. Fishermen Trips

Dealer reports have true weights, market and grade categories and price information but are generally not required to have detailed fishing area and gear information.  Dealer reports are more complete for total landings.  Therefore dealer reports are best used for questions such as “How much of species X was landed last year in my state?”  Fishermen reports have better effort information (fishing area and gear) but weights may have been estimated by the captain.  Fishermen reports are best used for questions such as “How much of species X was caught in fishing area 611 (Long Island Sound)?"

Conversions

The unit of measure, grade and market categories that are reported vary greatly by fishermen or dealer. If landed pounds, live pounds and pounds are not also reported the ACCSP will populate these fields using standard conversion factors.

The primary conversion factor is the one associated with the Program Partner supplying the data. If a partner has not provided a conversion factor for the species, unit of measure, market and grade category combination, then the NOAA Fisheries conversion factor for this combination will be used.

Dollars

The dollar values in the Data Warehouse are nominal. You can use the Consumer Price Index (CPI) or Producer Price Index (PPI) to convert to real values.