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The Alaska Fisheries Information Network (AKFIN) is a regional program that consolidates and supports the collection, processing, analysis, and reporting of fisheries statistics for North Pacific and Alaskan fisheries. AKFIN integrates this information into a single data management system using consistent methods and standardized formats. The Network then reports this information on its website, in various publications, and to researchers. The resulting data enables fishery managers, scientists, and associated agencies to supervise fisheries resources more effectively and efficiently.
Aquatic nuisance or invasive species are nonindigenous species that threaten the diversity or abundance of native species or the ecological stability of infested waters, or commercial, agricultural, aquacultural, or recreational activities dependent on such waters. AIS include nonindigenous species that may occur in inland, estuarine and marine waters and that presently or potentially threaten ecological processes and natural resources.
The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) is the Data Collection Agent for three Economic Data Report (EDR) collections: the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Crab Rationalization Program, the Amendment 80 to the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Fishery Management Plan, and, beginning in 2013, the Amendment 91 Bering Sea Chinook Salmon Bycatch Management Data Collection. The Economic Data Reports (EDRs), collected annually from the harvesting and processing sectors, contain cost, revenue, ownership and employment data. The data is used to study the economic impacts of the programs on harvesters, processors, and communities.
The Electronic Monitoring Program tests the viability of Electronic Monitoring (EM) as a source of data to document individual accountability of catch and bycatch in the Pacific Trawl Rationalization Program.
The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission's (PSMFC) Habitat Program is involved in programs on the West Coast that further habitat protection for anadromous, estuarine, and marine fish species. Program efforts are focused on estuarine and watershed conservation and restoration, and watershed education for decision makers. The program also works to assist fishermen and communities with recycling fishing nets, gear, and other marine debris.
The mission of the Pacific Ballast Water Group (PBWG) is to promote development and implementation of safe, economical, effective management of aquatic nuisance species associated with West Coast shipping. The PBWG serves as a coordinating body to share information and formulate consensus solutions on ballast water management and research issues of common concern to regulators, managers, scientists and the shipping industry on the West Coast (Canada, California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska).
The Regional Mark Processing Center (RMPC) has been in operation since 1977 when it was decided that a centrally managed regional database was needed to share coded wire tag (CWT) data among the various fisheries agencies on the West Coast of the U.S. The RMPC undertakes the design, development, implementation, and on-going evaluation of the central database for the storage and retrieval of Pacific Coast wide CWTs and related fisheries information.
The Fisheries Economics Data Program (EFIN) and the Alaska Fisheries Economic Data Program (AKFED) are cooperative efforts to collect and consolidate economic data on West Coast and Alaska fisheries. As part of its agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) conducts the EFIN/AKFED data collection projects with the help of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC).