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 (April - June 2011) summary of interviews and measured fish:

 

April

May

June

Field Station

 

Interviews

Fish Measured

Hard Parts

Interviews

Fish Measured

Hard Parts

Interviews

Fish Measured

Hard Parts

Tequesta

17

312

40

19

169

88

19

442

47

Indian River

6

76

0

23

0

0

15

174

0

Jacksonville

22

481

30

23

0

0

*

*

*

Pensacola

7

482

112

11

149

149

12

1,252

53

Apalachicola

15

652

591

6

319

319

16

396

396

St. Pete

19

701

701

23

823

821

26

913

913

Charlotte Harbor

12

303

279

15

372

351

12

288

275

Marathon

48

1,314

67

44

1,039

67

19

552

31

Cedar Key

3

166

161

4

137

131

*

*

*

Total

149

4,487

1,981

168

4,351

1,926

119

4,017

1,715

* Data not available. Hard parts = otoliths, spines, and biosamples.

Semi-Annual Totals (January - June 2011)
Field Station

 

Interviews

Fish Measured

Hard Parts

Tequesta

104

1,821

371

Indian River

123

1,509

20

Jacksonville

112

3,418

43

Pensacola

50

3,015

548

Apalachicola

96

3,513

3,332

St. Petersburg

134

4,939

4,935

Charlotte Harbor

73

1,749

1,609

Marathon

216

5,699

337

Cedar Key 16 628 614

All

924

26,291

11,809

FWC biologist at a fish house.

The following table is the 2010 annual summary:

Hard parts = otoliths, spines, and biosamples.

2010 Totals

Field Station

 

Interviews

Samples

Hard Parts

Tequesta

166

2,969

606

Indian River

278

9,280

1,016

Jacksonville

157

4,983

83

Pensacola

119

5,481

658

Apalachicola

10

174 174

St. Petersburg

245

8,830

8,821

Charlotte Harbor

156

4,026

3,244

Marathon

549

10,644

703

Cedar Key

8

823

0

All

1,688

47,210

15,305

Visit Southeast Fisheries Science Center to read more about the TIP program



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