Fishery Independent Survey System
|Geographical scale of the assessment||Global,Sub-regional|
|Country or countries covered||United States|
|Any other necessary information or explanation for identifying the location of the assessment, including site or region name|
Geographical scale of the assessment
Country or countries covered
Any other necessary information or explanation for identifying the location of the assessment, including site or region name
Conceptual framework, methodology and scope
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) conducts comprehensive fisheries-independent surveys in all of the eight large marine ecosystems within the U.S. This inventory of NMFS surveys and observations enables the integration of related survey data and metadata on a national level. These surveys are conducted from ships in the NOAA fleet, chartered commercial fishing and scientific research vessels, and small boats.
Mandate for the assessment
Most of the surveys included in the inventory are conducted under the U.S.’s Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Endangered Species Act, or the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Conceptual framework and/or methodology used for the assessment
Other (please specify)
Mandatory reporting from the National Marine Fisheries Service’s fishery science centers.
URL or copy of conceptual framework developed or adapted
- Inland water
Species groups assessed
Protected species, including marine mammals and marine and anadromous species listed as threatened or endangered with extinction under the Endangered Species Act.
Ecosystem services/functions assessed
- Fisheries and biodiversity
- Commercial and recreational fisheries
Scope of assessment includes
Drivers of change in systems and services
Impacts of change in services on human well-being
Options for responding/interventions to the trends observed
Explicit consideration of the role of biodiversity in the systems and services covered by the assessment
Timing of the assessment
Year assessment started
Year assessment finished
If ongoing, year assessment is anticipated to finish
Periodicity of assessment
If repeated, how frequently
Communication materials (e.g. brochure, presentations, posters, audio-visual media)
Tools and processes
Tools and approaches used in the assessment
- The National Marine Fisheries Service’s fishery science centers report annually on the fishery-independent surveys they have conducted.
Process used for stakeholder engagement in the assessment process and which component
Key stakeholder groups engaged
The number of people directly involved in the assessment process
Incorporation of scientific and other types of knowledge
- Scientific information only
Supporting documentation for specific approaches, methodology or criteria developed and/or used to integrate knowledge systems into the assessment
Assessment reports peer reviewed
Accessibility of data used in assessment
The website allows the public to search for and view survey information, and to query and generate reports.
Impacts the assessment has had on policy and/or decision making, as evidenced through policy references and actions
Independent or other review on policy impact of the assessment