Work Begins on Digitization of Historical California Landings Data

Alec MacCall and Don Pearson of the Fisheries Ecology Division drafted key-entry instructions and sent the first shipment of microfiche to SourceCorp, the designated contractor for the NESDIS Climate Data Modernization Program. The microfiche contain information on monthly California catches by 10-minute block from 1931 to 1968. Previous work with the California Department of Fish and Game resulted in gaining access to similar data for 1969-1981, so that the final database (1931-present) created by this CDMP project will triple the length of the currently available historical catch time series (in PacFIN, 1982-present). (May 8, 2006)