Download Florida landings data for all commercially harvested finfish and invertebrate species.
COMMERCIAL LANDINGS DATA
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Commercial fisheries include any species that are harvested and sold for human consumption, for medical use, in aquarium or souvenir trades, or for any other for-profit purpose. The state of Florida collects data from commercial harvesters and dealers to generate statistics on the types of species and quantities landed, as well as the size, weight and age distribution of harvested species.
Summarized landings data can be downloaded in spreadsheet form from this site using our customized commercial landings query application.
Visit the Commercial Fisheries Landings Summaries Web page.
Before downloading landings data from this website, please note the following:
- 2014 data are preliminary. Final landings will be posted as soon as they are available.
- All data are subject to change. Corrections and additions are made to the database as they are provided, and revised landings will be posted when available. Calendar year landings are considered final as of July of the following year.
- Factors used to convert landed quantity to whole weight are available on this page.
- Stone crab landings are reported as claw weight rather than whole weight.
- Sponges are reported as pieces harvested rather than pounds.
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Commercial food and bait landings can be downloaded annually by the following categories: Statewide; by coast, county, month, and by area fished. Marine life (tropical ornamental) landings can be downloaded by statewide only. The user can also select which species to include in each category.
Each commercial food and bait landings category included pounds harvested, the number of fishing trips, average dockside unit price, and estsmated total value for each harvested species. Landings by coast are delineated by the east and west coasts of Florida. The boundary between the east and west coasts has historically been drawn at the line between Dade County and Monroe County. Separate totals for inland and out-of-state pertain to commercial harvest landed in a noncoastal county of Florida or in another state. County landings are broken out by county landed. County landed is the county where the fishery product first came ashore. Monthly commercial landings are delineated by month and commercial landings by area are defined by the area fished or where the fish were caught. Statewide marine life landings include numbers of each species collected, the number of fishing trips, average dockside unit price, and estimated value.
The status of each annual landings category is indicated as either finalized or preliminary. Commercial landings with a status of preliminary are incomplete and will be updated as information is received. Landings listed as final are subject to revisions. Revisions will be posted when available.
Whole Weight Conversion Factors
Landings summaries are in pounds of whole weight with the exception of sponges, which are in "pieces"; stone crabs, which are in claw weight; and clams and oysters, which are in meat weight. However, some species are sold in quantities other than pounds whole weight. For example, clams are sold by the piece or by the gallon; tuna and swordfish are gutted and headed; snappers and groupers are gutted; and spiny lobsters may be tailed. The conversion factor is the number that is multiplied by the quantity in whatever units landed to produce the pounds of whole weight.
Whole Weight Conversions (59 KB)
Commercial Fishing License Summaries
License summaries provide information on the number of fishing licenses, permits, and endorsements that are issued to commercial fishers by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Commercial licenses are issued by fiscal year (July 1-June 30) rather than calendar year. For purposes of associating license summaries to fishery landings, use the license (fiscal) year that begins July 1 of the calendar landings. For example, the 2006-2007 license year estimates participation by license and permit type for 2006 landings.
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