Partners and Data Contributors

State and Regional

Fisheries Information Networks are cooperative state-federal programs that design, implement, and conduct marine fisheries statistics data collection programs and integrate those data into network-specific data management systems that meet the needs of fishery managers, scientists, and fishermen.  In FIS, the FINs are a vital link to state and regional data collection and reporting programs.  The information that the FINs provide serves as the foundation for the comprehensive, national-level summary statistics that the Office of Science and Technology delivers to our many stakeholders.  In addition, the FINs are a channel for dialogue among Federal, regional and state programs to identify and communicate data needs, priorities and best practices, and most effectively target resources.  

The regional Fisheries Commissions are an important part of the FINs - playing an important role in coordinating and managing them.

Related Programs

Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) counts and reports marine recreational catch and effort. It is a customer-driven initiative that works to produce accurate, high-quality estimates through a process grounded in the principles of transparency, accountability and engagement.

National Observer Program (NOP) deploys fishery observers to collect catch and bycatch data from US commercial fishing and processing vessels.  Annually 47 different fisheries are monitored by observer programs logging over 77,000 observer days at sea.  Observers have monitored fishing activities on all US coasts, collecting data for a range of conservation and management issues.

Enterprise Data Management Program (EDM) is a NOAA Fisheries-wide program designed to improve data management by establishing policies, best practices, and components for managing, sharing and integrating our information.  It has a two-tiered vision:  “[To make it so] NOAA Fisheries Customers can confidently find, access, and use our data”, and “to effect a cultural change in which all NOAA Fisheries data are recognized and managed as a core agency resource, on a par with financial and human resources.”  EDM is also establishing a NOAA Fisheries-wide policy that will positively support fisheries-dependent data quality. 

Federal Partners

Fisheries Science Centers

Regional fisheries science centers collect scientific information necessary for the conservation and management of the region's living marine resources. Our science center partners include:

Fisheries Regional Offices

NOAA Fisheries Regional Offices administer NOAA Fisheries programs according to the specific needs and issues in each region. The regions work collectively toward protecting and conserving living marine resources and enhancing the region’s marine habitat. FIS works with the following regional offices: