Identification of Sources and Types of Commercial Fishing Vessel Population Data Currently Available Within the United States. Volume 1
NEW JERSEY MARINE SCIENCES CONSORTIUM FORT HANCOCK
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With the passage of the Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Act of 1988, the U.S. Coast Guard is required to undertake limited inspections of commercial fishing vessels and to develop safety standards and regulations. Implementation of this Act demands that accurate population information on all commercial fishing vessel available. This population is composed of both federally documented and state registered vessels. Present databases kept by the Coast Guard contain information about federally documented vessels. This information is incomplete and the federally documented vessels comprise only a small percentage of the total population. Information is required from states which license commercial fishing vessels in order to determine the number of vessels licensed for this type of activity. This report presents the results of questionnaires and follow-up letters and calls to states requesting various data. Each was asked to supply the field identifiers defined in its vessel licensing database and to provide an estimate of those licensed for commercial fishing. Most states were fully responsive. Fishing vessel, Licensed fishing vessel, Fishing vessel exposure, Fishing fleet size.
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