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 (January - March 2014) summary of interviews and measured fish:

 

January

February

March

Field Station 

Interviews

Fish Measured

Hard Parts

Interviews

Fish Measured

Hard Parts

Interviews

Fish Measured

Hard Parts

Tequesta

19

1,090

122

38

1,418

212

22

1,094

143

Indian River

22

391

44

20

268

7

10

124

45

Jacksonville

26

1,021

0

29

1,399

0

20

714

0

Pensacola

7

185

80

4

156

134

7

170

95

Apalachicola

3

120

114

12

371

363

3

96

95

St. Pete

18

760

752

20

984

961

19

1,034

1,015

Charlotte Harbor

11

232

186

11

319

264

9

248

200

Marathon

37

915

55

36

1,125

52

24

681

30

Cedar Key

4

228

222

9

433

425

11

497

449

Total

147

4,942

1,575

179

6,473

2,418

125

4,658

2,072

Hard parts = otoliths, spines, and biosamples.

FWC biologist at a fish house.

The following table is the 2013 annual summary:

Hard parts = otoliths, spines, and biosamples.

2013 Totals

Field Station

 

Interviews

Samples

Hard Parts

Tequesta

382

12,668

1,773

Indian River

308

3,667

775

Jacksonville

261

6,509

122

Pensacola

81

1,736

872

Apalachicola

131

4,132 4,019

St. Petersburg

254

9,109

8,480

Charlotte Harbor

122

4,248

2,417

Marathon

230

6,689

766

Cedar Key

65

3,300

3,204

All

1,834

52,058

22,428

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



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