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The first of its kind in California, we are proud to announce the launch of the California Fisheries Data Explorer. This interactive tool allows stakeholders of all kinds to visualize data from commercial fisheries and commercial passenger fishing vessels (CPFV) across the state.

Landings data have a tremendous amount of information about how fisheries have changed over time within port complexes—information that has been difficult for the public to easily obtain in the past.

Using data collected and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the Explorer lets users dynamically view data for specific fisheries and port groupings.  For the commercial fishing sector, these data include the reported number of fishermen, pounds of fish landed, and revenue. CPFV data include the reported number of anglers, vessels, trips and kept fish.


New Tool Provides Access to More Than Two Decades of Data

With this new tool, anyone can find information about California’s fisheries, including the following:

  • Accessing more than two decades of economic data from specific ports including the top grossing fisheries, reported number of active fishermen, gross revenue, and total pounds of fish landed
  • Cross-comparing fisheries and port-specific data
  • Dynamically modifying a state-wide map illustrating annual port data
  • Exporting and saving visualizations for reference in presentations, websites, or other informational materials
  • Downloading the full suite of data to make visualizations and conduct new analyses


Interactive Viewer Allows for Dynamic–and Map Based–Exploration of Data

Rather than present fisheries data in a static report, Ecotrust’s project team developed the interactive viewer to allow stakeholders to easily access and dynamically explore the large amount of data compiled as part of the baseline monitoring phase of California’s Marine Protected Area Monitoring Program.  Funded by the California Ocean Protection Council, administered by California Sea Grant, and developed in partnership with CDFW and the California Ocean Science Trust, the Explorer also ensures that State decision-makers, stakeholders, and the public have ready access to data and information that supports the management of California’s marine resources.

“This dynamic, online data explorer allows the public and researchers to view this important information on California state fisheries on-demand,” explains Errin Ramanujam, senior scientist and fisheries program manager at Ocean Science Trust.

While the data are available to the public in a newly accessible way, we paid special attention to maintaining the privacy of fishermen. Data presented in the Explorer are summarized and aggregated to ensure confidentiality so that data points with fewer than three fishermen/operators are not publicly displayed and no personal information is displayed.

Dive into the California Fisheries Data Explorer and learn more at  http://oceanspaces.org/fisheries-data-explorer