Field biologists in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico locations visit docks and fish houses to conduct interviews with commercial fishers. Information collected consists of catch, effort, and biostatistical data.

Pelagic LonglineThe Fisheries-Dependent Monitoring (FDM) program has nine field biologists involved in the Trip Interview Program (TIP), a cooperative effort with NOAA Fisheries' Southeast Fisheries Science Center. This is a shore-based sampling program, in which field biologists visit docks and fish houses to conduct interviews with commercial fishers. Information collected consists of catch, effort, and biostatistical data, such as length, weight, and biological samples (otoliths, spines, and soft tissue for mercury testing and DNA analysis). Estimates of the age distribution of fish in the population and how the distribution has changed over time is critical information for the assessment of fish populations. One of the benefits of this program is that it validates trip ticket data (catch and effort).

The following table is a quarterly (October - December 2017) summary of interviews and measured fish:

 

 

October

November

December

 

 

Field Station

Interviews

Fish Measured

Hard Parts

Interviews

Fish Measured

Hard Parts

Interviews

Fish Measured

Hard Parts

Tequesta

26

664

38

21

699

77

19

530

0

Indian River

26

632

25

28

338

223

31

362

151

Jacksonville

14

389

0

24

356

98

20

360

43

Pensacola

6

213

41

6

287

209

6

185

120

Apalachicola

7

92

90

5

123

123

9

192

190

St. Pete

20

804

732

26

909

886

28

826

799

Charlotte Harbor

10

244

230

12

281

258

7

198

188

Marathon

9

365

92

23

1,289

133

24

1,052

97

Cedar Key

4

179

175

4

247

243

5

171

170

Total

122

3,582

1,423

149

4,529

2,250

149

3,876

1,758

Hard parts = otoliths, spines, and biosamples.

FWC biologist at a fish house.

The following table is the 2017 annual summary:

                                      2017 Totals

Field Station

Interviews

Fish Measured

Hard Parts

Tequesta

270

7,042

997

Indian River

296

4,399

835

Jacksonville

233

6,937

272

Pensacola

72

3,274

1,705

Apalachicola

95

1,778

1,747

St. Pete

241

8,551

8,220

Charlotte Harbor

68

1,559

1,412

Marathon

217

9,350

1,040

Cedar Key

53

2,781

2,722

All

1,545

45,671

18,950

Hard parts = otoliths, spines, and biosamples.

Visit Southeast Fisheries Science CenterExternal Website to read more about the TIP program



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