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. EEZ. The surveys are a national resource and should be accessible to the public.
This inventory of NMFS surveys and observations enables the integration of related survey data and metadata on a national level.
The project is being carried out in phases. Phase 1 has been completed, and serves as a prototype “snapshot” of NMFS surveys that are conducted annually.
Phase 2 is an online system with querying and GIS applications that characterize NMFS historical and
current ocean observation activities and data collection during the surveys.