National Products and Initiatives


Fisheries One-Stop Shop provides users easy access to U.S. landings data collected by NOAA fisheries and our state partners. FOSS currently provides commercial and recreational landings information in pounds and value by year, state and species. FOSS combines data from different sources and standardizes and summarizes it, masking any confidential data. The summaries use data from the Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP), NOAA Fisheries Headquarters historical landings database (HQHIST), Gulf Fisheries Information Network (GulfFIN), Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), Alaska Fisheries Information Network (AKFIN), Pacific Fisheries Information Network (PacFIN), Southwest Fisheries Science Center databases (SWFSC), Great Lakes (GLAKES) and Western Pacific Fisheries Information Network (WPacFIN) FOSS registered data sources. Users are able to view and compare landings data from all of these sources with one tool. Without FOSS, requests for aggregated landings data can take months to complete.

InPort enables customers to find, access and understand NOAA Fisheries data and information by acting as a centralized repository of metadata. InPort fulfills a critical supporting role in fisheries management and promotes FIS data quality initiatives and data management best practices. 

National Permits System. FIS provided the seed funding for the development of the National Permits System and established a Professional Specialty Group for permits. Among other things, the Permits PSG helped develop guidance for the NOAA Office of the CIO on the further development of the database and software. One goal of NPS is to, where appropriate, help facilitate online regional permitting processes. These may include applications, fee collection and renewals. It is also striving to become a national repository for all permit programs to better aid enforcement and regional/national policy development.  


Data Quality Management Initiative is improving all aspects of information management and developing data guidelines and standards. This initiative is led by the Quality Management Professional Specialty Group. The group created a Quality Improvement Toolbox for national and regional data collection programs to improve data, activities and processes. The group designs regional trainings, including one in the Northeast that resulted in the development of software that allows data quality issues to be addressed in real time.

The Sampling Intensity and Processing Work Group evaluates commercial fishery-dependent biological sampling programs.  The group is developing a strategic process to assess current sampling performance, identify information gaps, set regional priorities, and schedule investments of new funds.

The Electronic Technologies Strategic Planning Group helps regions navigate emerging technologies, including video monitoring systems and electronic reporting. The group produced five white papers, focused on existing technologies, enforcement, research and development, alignment of objectives, and funding.  The group is assisting in the development of a three-part nationwide electronic technologies strategy, which includes:

  1. Policy directive.
  2. Guidance.
  3. Regional implementation plans.