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


Special Use Tools

In addition to the existing applications, ACCSP has been working with its committees and program partners to develop several new applications or initiatives.

American Lobster Settlement Index

The American Lobster Settlement Index (ALSI) web portal aims to make the region-wide data set more available to participants and stakeholders. ACCSP was ideal for this project due to our experience with the creation of centralized databases and applications for the submission and distribution of data. Prior to the web portal, ALSI participant’s submitted data annually via spreadsheets, data were collated, and reports were created manually. The web portal allows for both key entry and file upload submission of data to a centralized location. It includes dynamic reports of both raw data and calculated densities and standard error. Figures include length frequencies with dynamic binning and spatial and temporal density comparisons.

The ALSI is an annual survey of American lobster (Homarus americanus) nursery grounds in the coastal northeast US and Atlantic Canada. The survey is supported by University of Maine, Maine Department of Marine Resources, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Rhode Island Division of Fish & Wildlife, New Hampshire Department of Fish & Wildlife and Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada. It gathers data on newly settled, young-of-year (YoY), lobsters as well as older juveniles and associated fauna such as fishes and crabs.

The time series has been sustained and expanded since 1989 and is the largest-scale assessment of lobster nursery habitat of its kind. It has also been the springboard for a variety of research projects, contributing to numerous peer-reviewed publications and technical reports. It has been used to forecast local trends in the abundance of adult lobsters in nearshore trawl surveys and provided valuable insights into both pre- and post-settlement processes influencing lobster population dynamics.

Participant Data Upload Application

This application allows you to upload your dealer, commercial fishermen, or vessels data to ACCSP following a step-by-step process:

  • Upload your data file (.csv, .xls, or .xlsx format).

  • Map uploaded data columns to ACCSP data columns.

  • Specify formats for data columns.

  • Review transformed, uploaded data.

  • Complete the upload.

  • Review your uploaded data.