SEAMAP Real-time Plots for the year 2003
A major function of the SEAMAP Information System is the processing of catch data from the Summer Shrimp/Groundfish Survey as near-real-time data. Historically, the SEAMAP Shrimp/Groundfish Survey is conducted during June and July of each year. Objectives of the survey are to:
- monitor size and distribution of penaeid shrimp during or prior to migration of brown shrimp from bays to the open Gulf;
- aid in evaluating the "Texas Closure" management measure of the Gulf Council's Shrimp Fishery Management Plan; and
- provide information on shrimp and groundfish stocks across the northern Gulf of Mexico from inshore waters to 50 fm.
The overall sampling strategy of survey is to work from the eastern Gulf to the Texas/Mexico border, in order to sample during or prior to migration of brown shrimp from bays to the open Gulf area. During the survey, the NOAA Ship OREGON II and R/V TOMMY MUNRO sample offshore and inshore Gulf waters with 40-ft trawls. Alabama's R/V VERRILL sample offshore Alabama waters with 40-ft trawls. The R/V PELICAN sample both Louisiana state waters and offshore waters with 40-ft trawls, and Texas vessels sample Texas state waters and offshore waters with 20-ft trawls.
The data from the survey are transmitted three times weekly via cellular phone to the NMFS Mississippi Laboratories from the NOAA vessel, while the states' data are entered into the system weekly. Plots of station locations and catch rates of penaeus shrimp and dominant finfish species are prepared and edited at the NMFS Mississippi Laboratories, and processed by GSMFC for weekly distribution to management agencies, fishermen, processors and researchers. This information is now available at this site.
Real-time mailings for the 2003 Summer Shrimp/Groundfish Survey will be produced this summer. If you would like to receive the weekly mailings, please contact Jeff Rester at (228) 875-5912 or via email.