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Pacific Coast Fisheries GIS Resource Database

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Pacific Coast fisheries information is currently available only from wildlife agencies in disparate databases. To maximize the value of these data, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement and U. S. Geological Survey have combined data from several of these sources into a single, comprehensive database. This gives resource managers a tool to easily extract species or catch information from these data according to spatial and temporal queries.

Marine fisheries information has been included that originates from within the Pacific Exclusive Economic Zone boundary (200 nautical miles from shore).  These data are associated with the California reporting block system, the Oregon and Washington Trawl Logbook blocks, Washington Marine Fish-Shellfish Management and Catch reporting areas, or more specific reef and platform locations.  All fisheries-related data has been stored as tables inside a geodatabase and tied to spatial locations via relationship classes.  These fisheries data tables are:

  • California Commercial Fisheries data (summarized, 1972 – 2009)
  • California Sport (CPFV) Fishing data (summarized, 1980 – 2009)
  • California Historical Sport (CPFV) Fishing data (summarized, 1936 – 2009)
  • California CRFS and MRFSS On-board Survey data (summarized, 1999 – 2009)
  • Southern California Reefs Fish Survey data (1996 – 2009)
  • Southern California Platforms Fish Survey data (1996 – 2009)
  • Oregon and Washington Commercial Fisheries data (summarized, 1987 – 2009)*
  • Oregon Commercial Shrimp, Nearshore, and Sardine Fishing data (summarized 1996 – 2009)*
  • Oregon MRFSS On-board Survey data (summarized, 1999 – 2009)
  • Washington Pink Shrimp Fishing data (summarized, 1970 – 2009)

*Summary tables by month and by year included.

Project Details

Supporting Literature
Spatial Data

Project Information: provides an overview of the project, including CD-ROM contents, background information, citation, author list and data use restrictions.

Database Development: A detailed description on each of the separate databases and how they were compiled into the Pacific Coast Fisheries GIS Resource Database.

Getting Started: Quick overview of how to use the ArcMap tools.

Help: Gives detailed information on how to select locations from the data blocks and use the custom data extraction tools and fisheries data tools to view the data.

Tutorials: features a few step-by-step examples of how to use the ArcMap document and custom tools based on a variety of managment scenarios.

Fisheries Data: lists the various fisheries data sets included in the Pacific Coast Fisheries GIS Resource Database. A map, brief description, and links to metadata, formatting information, and instructions for updating the data set are included for each. Additionally, some entries include links to supplemental articles.
Additional Data: lists additional, non-fisheries specific data sets that have also been included as part of the Pacific Coast Fisheries GIS Resource Database.

Seabird and Marine Mammal data: includes the summarized 1999-2002 seabird and marine mammal data.

Data Access: Download links for both the zipped Geodatabase and the original CD-ROM release package. 

USGS Contact For This Project
Susan De La Cruz
(415) 859-1511
San Francisco Bay Estuary Field Station
505 Azuar Drive
Vallejo, CA 94592
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