Improvements Made to Reporting of Fishery Statistics and Documentation of Data Collection Programs in the Pacific Islands Region

In the PIFSC office of the Western Pacific Fisheries Information Network (WPacFIN), programmers have developed PC software enabling fish dealers in Hilo, on the island of Hawaii, to process information on their daily purchases of fresh fish and electronically report fish landings to the State of Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources to meet State data submission requirements. The beta version of the software is being tested with deployment expected by the end of 2008.

The NOAA Fisheries Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) provided a short-term contractor, Risa Oram to work with WPacFIN staff and fishery biologists in WPacFIN partner agencies to document data collection programs in the Pacific Islands Region. Included were programs in American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam, and Hawaii. The contractor focused on small-boat and shore-based creel survey programs and also helped the MRIP Data Management and Standards Workgroup (DMSWG) document recreational data collection programs. Documentation on several data collection programs was uploaded to the MRIP Data Management and Standards database, including: the Hawaii State Marine Recreational Fishery Survey; Hawaii fishing tournaments (private clubs); creel surveys in American Samoa, CNMI, and Guam; and the Hawaii commercial charter vessel logbook program.

Draft documentation for the creel survey programs, including a program overview and detailed descriptions of current data collection methodology, is under review by PIFSC and WPacFIN partner agencies.

For more information contact: Michael Quach