Concentrated Commercial Fishing Traffic, as indicated by Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Publication_Date: 20091231
Title:
Concentrated Commercial Fishing Traffic, as indicated by Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: vector digital data
Online_Linkage: <http://www.mass.gov/eea/mop>
Larger_Work_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: The Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Publication_Date: 200912
Title: Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan
Other_Citation_Details:
These data were created to support the Oceans Act of 2008, signed by Gov. Deval Patrick May 28, 2008. The legislation requires Massachusetts to develop a first-in-the-nation comprehensive plan to manage development in its state waters, balancing natural resource preservation with traditional and new uses, including renewable energy. For text of the Oceans Act, see <http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/seslaw08/sl080114.htm>. The final ocean management plan provides a comprehensive framework for managing, reviewing and permitting proposed uses of state waters. In addition to the management and administrative frameworks of the final plan, an accompanying volume provides a comprehensive baseline assessment cataloguing the current state of knowledge regarding human uses, natural resources, and other ecosystem factors in Massachusetts and surrounding ocean areas.
Online_Linkage: <http://www.mass.gov/eea/mop>
Description:
Abstract:
Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data are collected by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to track fishing vessel activity for law enforcement (closed areas), safety, and scientific study. This dataset documents the density of fishing vessels from September 1, 2007 to September 1, 2008 using the VMS records available for that period. CZM digitized polygons from this dataset to represent areas where greater than 25 vessels were recorded in a 250 x 250-meter grid cell over the duration of the year.
The raw data were provided courtesy of NMFS Northeast Regional Office. Applied Science Associates (ASA) analyzed the raw data to create a raster grid. CZM digitized this dataset from the raster produced by ASA.
To allow for consistent evaluation and comparison of a variety of datasets with distinct spatial resolutions, accuracies, and other characteristics, the Massachusetts ocean management planning area was partitioned into 250 x 250-meter grid cells, each with a unique ID. These data were converted to the planning area grid by extracting all of the cells in which the data layer occurred. The data were then dissolved into one feature.
Purpose:
These data were used in the development of a comprehensive ocean management plan to protect critical marine resources and foster sustainable uses in Massachusetts state waters as mandated in the Oceans Act of 2008.
Supplemental_Information:
These data were created to support the Oceans Act of 2008, signed by Gov. Deval Patrick May 28, 2008. The legislation requires Massachusetts to develop a first-in-the-nation comprehensive plan to manage development in its state waters, balancing natural resource preservation with traditional and new uses, including renewable energy. For text of the Oceans Act, see <http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/seslaw08/sl080114.htm>. The final ocean management plan provides a comprehensive framework for managing, reviewing and permitting proposed uses of state waters. In addition to the management and administrative frameworks of the final plan, an accompanying volume provides a comprehensive baseline assessment cataloguing the current state of knowledge regarding human uses, natural resources, and other ecosystem factors in Massachusetts and surrounding ocean areas.
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Calendar_Date: 20091231
Currentness_Reference: publication date
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
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West_Bounding_Coordinate: -71.061256
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -69.840868
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 42.663604
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 41.234830
Keywords:
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Theme_Keyword: transportation, 018
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Theme_Keyword: Human Dimensions > Infrastructure > Transportation
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Theme_Keyword: ocean management
Theme_Keyword: coastal zone management
Theme_Keyword: ecosystem-based management
Theme_Keyword: EBM
Theme_Keyword: Vessel Monitoring System
Theme_Keyword: VMS
Theme_Keyword: fishing vessel density
Theme_Keyword: fishing vessel location
Theme_Keyword: concentrated commercial fishing traffic
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Place_Keyword: Massachusetts
Place_Keyword: Gulf of Maine
Place_Keyword: Massachusetts Bay
Place_Keyword: Cape Cod Bay
Place_Keyword: Nantucket Sound
Place_Keyword: Vineyard Sound
Place_Keyword: Buzzards Bay
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Place_Keyword: Ocean > Atlantic Ocean > North Atlantic Ocean > Gulf Of Maine
Place_Keyword:
Continent > North America > United States Of America > Massachusetts
Access_Constraints:
None. These data are in the public domain. GIS files are freely available for download.
Use_Constraints:
Public domain data from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), are freely redistributable with proper metadata and source attribution. Please recognize the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management as the source of these data. You are not permitted to use CZM's name or to suggest that CZM endorses your project or product, without its express written consent. While efforts have been made to ensure that these data are accurate and reliable within the state of the art, CZM cannot assume liability for any damages or misrepresentation caused by any inaccuracies in the data or as a result of changes to the data caused by system transfers. The user must be aware of data conditions and bear responsibility for the appropriate use of these data with respect to possible errors, original map scale, collection methodology, currency of data, and other conditions specific to these data.
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Contact_Position: CZM Data Manager
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
City: Boston
State_or_Province: MA
Postal_Code: 02114-2138
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 617-626-1200
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 617-626-1240
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: czm@state.ma.us
Hours_of_Service: 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs EST
Contact_Instructions: email only
Data_Set_Credit:
These spatial data were created by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA).
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Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report: An attribute accuracy report was not conducted for these data.
Logical_Consistency_Report: A logical consistency report was not conducted for these data.
Completeness_Report: A completeness report was not conducted for these data.
Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy_Report: A positional accuracy report was not conducted for these data.
Lineage:
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: National Marine Fisheries Service Northeast Regional Office
Publication_Date: 2008
Title: Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) Raw Data
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Source_Citation_Abbreviation: VMS data
Source_Contribution: The raw data used to create the raster.
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Applied Science Associates (ASA)
Publication_Date: 200904
Title: Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) 250 x 250-meter raster
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Time_Period_Information:
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Calendar_Date: 200904
Source_Currentness_Reference: publication date
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Process_Step:
Process_Description:
The VMS data for the Massachusetts coastal region were recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The data from January 1, 2004 to September 12, 2008 were provided to ASA in an Oracle database file. The data was extracted from the database and written into a comma separated log file which could be analyzed in MATLAB.
The vessels are counted as they pass through the cells of a regular grid covering the coastal region. Each vessel is counted once as it enters a grid cell and is not counted again unless it has been at least one hour since it was last in a particular grid cell. This allows ships which repeatedly follow the same course over time to be counted properly, while only counting a vessel once even though it may be recorded several times as it passes through a particular cell. This method highlights both heavy traffic through an area as well as areas where vessels stop to catch fish. The statistics may be affected by the station location and the range of the receiver. There were numerous bad data points and data gaps in the record. These have been removed from the record, but it is difficult to determine how this impacts the results.
The grid used to count the vessels in this file is the ocean management planning area grid covering the Massachusetts coastal region. It has a 250-meter grid resolution.
Process_Date: 200904
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: Applied Science Associates (ASA)
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: 55 Village Square Drive
City: South Kingstown
State_or_Province: RI
Postal_Code: 02879
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 401-789-6224
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 401-789-1932
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
CZM digitized polygons from the VMS raster dataset to represent areas where greater than 25 vessels were recorded in a 250 x 250-meter grid cell over the duration of the year.
To allow for consistent evaluation and comparison of a variety of datasets with distinct spatial resolutions, accuracies, and other characteristics, the Massachusetts ocean management planning area was partitioned into 250 x 250-meter grid cells, each with a unique ID. These data were converted to the planning area grid by extracting all of the cells in which the data layer occurred.
The data were clipped to the Massachusetts ocean management planning area. The data were then dissolved into one feature.
Process_Date: 2009
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
Contact_Position: CZM Data Manager
Contact_Address:
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Address: 251 Causeway Street, Suite 800
City: Boston
State_or_Province: MA
Postal_Code: 02114-2138
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 617-626-1200
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 617-626-1240
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: czm@state.ma.us
Hours_of_Service: 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs EST
Contact_Instructions: email only

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Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
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Entity_Type_Label: Concentrated commercial fishing traffic
Entity_Type_Definition: Area representing an existing water-dependent use.
Entity_Type_Definition_Source: Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan
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City: Boston
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Hours_of_Service: 0900 hrs to 1600 hrs EST
Contact_Instructions: email only
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Distribution_Liability:
Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these data, errors and conditions originating from physical sources used to develop these data may be reflected in the data supplied. The client must be aware of data conditions and bear responsibility for the appropriate use of the information with respect to possible errors, original map scale, collection methodology, currency of data, and other conditions specific to certain data. In no event shall CZM be liable for any damages, whether general, special, incidental or consequential damages, arising out of your use of these data. Your sole remedy for damages is to stop using the data. You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless CZM and its employees against any claim, loss, liability or expense, including attorneys' fees, resulting from loss of or damage to property or the injury to or death of any person arising out of the use of the data.
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Fees:
GIS and coordinate files may be downloaded at no charge by following links on the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management website (<http://www.mass.gov/czm/>).

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