A Brief Summary of Early Exploratory and Fishery-Independent Caribbean Surveys Conducted by NMFS Pascagoula


How is it funded, who administers it?

  • NMFS Pascagoula


Why was the surveys originally designed?

  • To explore possible fishery resources in the US Caribbean.


What are/were the intended outcomes/objectives?


Describe the temporal and spatial coverage of the survey

Show the geographic coverage of the survey

  • See table and maps below


How often is the survey conducted?

  • Annually, but not necessarily during the same season each year.


Is it seasonal?

  • No


Describe the underlying experimental design


Describe the methodology and gear


Describe the outputs of the survey

  • The data are digitally available from 1979. Most datasets contain catch and length data with gear type, location, and limited environmental/habitat information.


Self-Evaluation of pros and cons of Survey

What suite of species does this survey target?

  • These surveys targeted multiple species. The reef associated surveys have collected red hind, while the deeper surveys collect members of the deep water snapper group.


What are the gear/method biases?

  • There are numerous gear and method biases, due to the fact that each survey has its own specific objectives (see table).


What are the temporal/spatial limitations?

  • Due to the fact that each survey has its own specific objectives (see table), there is no consistent temporal/spatial sampling over the time series. Also, in all surveys listed below the density of sampling effort is low compared to the area of the US Caribbean.


Is this survey expected to continue into the future?

  • No


It is relatively expensive/inexpensive, logistically difficult/easy?

  • It is expensive and logistically difficult to conduct NOAA “white boat” surveys.


Self-Evaluation of utility of survey for generating information for stock assessment

Spatial/Temporal coverage

  • These data are of limited utility, due to the lack of consistent temporal/spatial sampling over the time series.


Data generated

  • CPUE data are of very limited utility, and length data may be of some utility for certain species.


Provide any other information that may be relevant to this discussion

  • N/A


Provide most relevant documentation


Maps showing sampling distribution of traps, handlines, offbottom longline, and bottom longline effort from 1979-1985.

Graphs showing the length frequency distribution of selected organisms collected from 1979-1982 in Early Caribbean Surveys. Specimens from all gears are combined. For each graph the x-axis is length (either fork or total depending on the species) in mm and the y-axis is frequency in number.