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Western Pacific Creel Survey Program data summary and analysis : Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa
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    "To provide independent expertise in the statistical analysis of a 30-year record of fish catch and effort data for Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and American Samoa, the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) contracted the services of Sun Bak Hospital, Mirae Info Design LLC (Contract No. WE-133F-12-SE-2100). The data were collected in each island area through creel surveys conducted by local fisheries agencies that are partners in the Western Pacific Fisheries Information Network (WPacFIN) including the Division of Aquatic & Wildlife Resources, Guam Department of Agriculture; the Division of Fish & Wildlife, CNMI Department of Lands & Natural Resources; and the American Samoa Department of Marine & Wildlife Resources. These data collections, belonging to the respective agencies, are warehoused by PIFSC, also a member of WPacFIN. In collaboration with its island Fisheries agency partners, WPacFIN staff has helped modify the creel surveys, developed expansion algorithms to estimate total catch and effort for insular species, and created software to facilitate summary data analyses to help meet various federal reporting requirements and local needs for fisheries landings data. The contractor was asked to conduct a statistical analysis of the historical time series of boatbased and shore-based creel survey data for each island area; to evaluate the adequacy of the survey sampling design and temporal and geographic coverage by gear type; to examine data expansion procedures used to estimate total catch and fishing effort from survey statistics; to attempt to estimate confidence intervals for total landings by species; and to produce a report of findings and recommendations. To make the results widely accessible, the contractor's report is beIng released here in the form of a PIFSC Administrative Report"--Preface. [doi:10.7289/V5T151P5 (http://dx.doi.org/10.7289/V5T151P5)]
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