Digitizing Historical Fish Landings Data

Alec MacCall (Fishery Ecology Division, Santa Cruz) was notified that the NESDIS Climate Database Modernization Program (CDMP) has allocated approximately $50K of funding for the initial phase of a proposal titled, "Historical California fish landings data, 1930-1968: An integrated signal of North Pacific climate variability." The initial phase will capture summarized monthly California landings data by market category (species groups used by the fish processors) and 10-minute block of origin from 1930 to 1968.

This information presently resides only on microfiche, and will be converted to a computerized database. The detailed information on species groups and location of capture has not previously been available for analysis. This historical information will be useful for fisheries, ecosystem and climate analyses, and complements existing databases spanning 1969 to the present. (January 12, 2006)