The Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP) is the principal source of dependable and timely marine fishery statistics for Atlantic coast fisheries

 

Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife (RI DFW)

The mission of the RI DFW Marine Fisheries staff is to research and monitor marine species to support the effective management of finfish and shellfish of commercial and recreational importance.

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RI DFW
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Location and Contact Information
Address: 
  • 3 Fort Wetherill Road
  • Jamestown, RI 02835
Phone / Fax: 
  •  40.423.1923
Email: 
DEM.MarineFisheries@dem.ri.gov
Website: 
www.dem.ri.gov/programs/fish-wildlife/marine-fisheries/index.php
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Featured On-the-Ground Project
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Maintenance and Coordination of Fisheries-dependent Data Feeds to ACCSP in Rhode Island

Throughout the past 14 years, RI DFW has strived to improve ACCSP related tasks including fishermen data, dealer data, and quota monitoring. In 2002, staff began developing a system for dealers to report data. In 2003, the Rhode Island Fisheries Information System (RIFIS) was created and tested among a small group of dealers. In 2004, RIFIS was transitioned to SAFIS with federal dealers utilizing it in 2004. By 2006, all Rhode Island dealers were reporting trip-level landings data in SAFIS. In 2010, the focus of dealer data became data quality, and outreach was needed. This led to site visits to all new dealers for training, and to the creation of the Dealer Report Card. The report card is sent quarterly to dealers informing them of their data quality issues and touch on topics such as timeliness of reporting (late reports), missing prices, missing vessel information, and missing fishermen information. In 2013, the report cards were improved to include grades to further demonstrate to the dealers where their data quality issues lie. The report cards have greatly improved the reporting of the dealers and RI DFW continues to utilize them to this day.

Rhode Island has also improved the data entry process. From 2001-2010 logbook data was entered and housed in a Microsoft Access Database. In 2011 eTRIPS was fully implemented by RI DFW and data was key entered directly by staff. In 2013, the eTRIPS upload feature was utilized by RI DFW, which increased the efficiency of entering logbook information into eTRIPS. Additionally in 2013, fishermen were granted access to eTRIPS for direct data entry themselves, cutting the costs of the logbook printing, mailing, and data entry for the staff. 

In 2014, a new licensing endorsement was created, the paper logbook endorsement. This endorsement is required for all licensed fishermen who wish to report their catch and effort information through the use of the paper logbook, otherwise the fishermen can elect to sign up and utilize eTRIPS.  Due to this endorsement, RI DFW has seen a great increase in the number of participants using eTRIPS. To date, there are over 650 registered eTRIPS users. To provide support to these fishermen, an outreach program was initiated giving fishermen access to training videos and presentations, the ability to attend training sessions around the state, and making in office appointments with staff for further support.  

SAFIS data are valuable to the RI DFW and used for quota monitoring. Since SAFIS was implemented, Rhode Island’s ability to track and monitor quota has improved greatly.  Over time, Rhode Island has gone from using an antiquated interactive voice response system to solely using SAFIS data to track quota. Additionally, Rhode Island uses SAFIS data to generate Quota Monitor Tracking Graphs. These graphs are posted on the RI DFW website for all stakeholders to view. They are updated weekly and give fishermen an opportunity to see where they are in relation to the quota, and to plan their fishing activity.

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Featured Data Query
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Top Five Rhode Island Species by Pounds in Last Full Year

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In the Data Warehouse, RI DFW has annual summaries from 1950-1989, monthly summaries from 1990-1993, mixed trip reports from 1994-2004, and trip reports for all fisheries since 2005. 

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SAFIS Implementation
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RI DFW has been using eDR since 2003 and eTRIPS and eLOGBOOK since 2010.

To sign up please visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1i6pb3rxJiGjsiKjrS4tYCvicYnaP0uLadMwQCATsI5c/viewform?edit_requested=true 

Location and Contact Information

Address Phone / Fax Email Website
    • 3 Fort Wetherill Road
    • Jamestown, RI 02835
    •  40.423.1923
DEM.MarineFisheries@
dem.ri.gov
www.dem.ri.gov/programs/fish-wildlife/marine-fisheries/index.php

Featured On-the-Ground Project

Maintenance and Coordination of Fisheries-dependent Data Feeds to ACCSP in Rhode Island

Throughout the past 14 years, RI DFW has strived to improve ACCSP related tasks including fishermen data, dealer data, and quota monitoring. In 2002, staff began developing a system for dealers to report data. In 2003, the Rhode Island Fisheries Information System (RIFIS) was created and tested among a small group of dealers. In 2004, RIFIS was transitioned to SAFIS with federal dealers utilizing it in 2004. By 2006, all Rhode Island dealers were reporting trip-level landings data in SAFIS. In 2010, the focus of dealer data became data quality, and outreach was needed. This led to site visits to all new dealers for training, and to the creation of the Dealer Report Card. The report card is sent quarterly to dealers informing them of their data quality issues and touch on topics such as timeliness of reporting (late reports), missing prices, missing vessel information, and missing fishermen information. In 2013, the report cards were improved to include grades to further demonstrate to the dealers where their data quality issues lie. The report cards have greatly improved the reporting of the dealers and RI DFW continues to utilize them to this day.

Rhode Island has also improved the data entry process. From 2001-2010 logbook data was entered and housed in a Microsoft Access Database. In 2011 eTRIPS was fully implemented by RI DFW and data was key entered directly by staff. In 2013, the eTRIPS upload feature was utilized by RI DFW, which increased the efficiency of entering logbook information into eTRIPS. Additionally in 2013, fishermen were granted access to eTRIPS for direct data entry themselves, cutting the costs of the logbook printing, mailing, and data entry for the staff. 

In 2014, a new licensing endorsement was created, the paper logbook endorsement. This endorsement is required for all licensed fishermen who wish to report their catch and effort information through the use of the paper logbook, otherwise the fishermen can elect to sign up and utilize eTRIPS.  Due to this endorsement, RI DFW has seen a great increase in the number of participants using eTRIPS. To date, there are over 650 registered eTRIPS users. To provide support to these fishermen, an outreach program was initiated giving fishermen access to training videos and presentations, the ability to attend training sessions around the state, and making in office appointments with staff for further support.  

SAFIS data are valuable to the RI DFW and used for quota monitoring. Since SAFIS was implemented, Rhode Island’s ability to track and monitor quota has improved greatly.  Over time, Rhode Island has gone from using an antiquated interactive voice response system to solely using SAFIS data to track quota. Additionally, Rhode Island uses SAFIS data to generate Quota Monitor Tracking Graphs. These graphs are posted on the RI DFW website for all stakeholders to view. They are updated weekly and give fishermen an opportunity to see where they are in relation to the quota, and to plan their fishing activity.

Featured Data Query

Top Five Rhode Island Species by Pounds in Last Full Year

Click Here To View>>

In the Data Warehouse, RI DFW has annual summaries from 1950-1989, monthly summaries from 1990-1993, mixed trip reports from 1994-2004, and trip reports for all fisheries since 2005. 

SAFIS Implementation

RI DFW has been using eDR since 2003 and eTRIPS and eLOGBOOK since 2010.

To sign up please visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1i6pb3rxJiGjsiKjrS4tYCvicYnaP0uLadMwQCATsI5c/viewform?edit_requested=true