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American Samoa Commercial Purchases

Metadata Updated: March 16, 2024

In 1990 the local government made it mandatory for local vendors to participate in this monitoring program and it is continuing. The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) issues numbered books of Fish and Shellfish Receipt forms to all wholesale buyers of fish who resell fish to the retail market, either whole or prepared. This receipt has evolved over time to include fish sales imported by local businesses from other islands such as Tonga or Western Samoa. Vendors are required to complete an invoice for each purchase and record the fisher (or boat) selling the fish, along with the species category, method used, weight, and price for the fish purchased. Invoices are submitted to DMWR staff who enter the data into the data processing system. Generally speaking the fishing activities occur fairly close to the island of Tutuila as most of the boats that sell fish locally are small. There are some local sales of longline caught fish and these catches could have been made hundreds of miles from Tutuila as the longline vessels have a greater range of operation. These data are considered highly confidential.

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Metadata Date February 29, 2024
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date March 16, 2024
Reference Date(s) September 30, 2012 (publication)
Frequency Of Update asNeeded

Metadata Source

Harvested from NMFS PIFSC

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date February 29, 2024
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date March 16, 2024
Reference Date(s) September 30, 2012 (publication)
Responsible Party (Point of Contact, Custodian)
Contact Email
Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:5615
Access Constraints Cite As: Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, [Date of Access]: American Samoa Commercial Purchases [Data Date Range],, Access Constraints: Requires signing a PIFSC non-disclosure statement for fisheries confidential data and approval from the data owner.
Bbox East Long -165
Bbox North Lat -10
Bbox South Lat -20
Bbox West Long -174
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update asNeeded
Harvest Object Id c0dce92e-8189-48a0-88b3-f782c129ad9d
Harvest Source Id c0beac72-5f43-4455-8c33-1b345fbc2dfe
Harvest Source Title NMFS PIFSC
Licence NOAA provides no warranty, nor accepts any liability occurring from any incomplete, incorrect, or misleading data, or from any incorrect, incomplete, or misleading use of the data. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether or not the data is suitable for the intended purpose.
Lineage Data are submitted to and entered by the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources.
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
Old Spatial {"type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [[[-174.0, -20.0], [-165.0, -20.0], [-165.0, -10.0], [-174.0, -10.0], [-174.0, -20.0]]]}
Progress underDevelopment
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1990

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