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CNMI Commercial Purchases

Metadata Updated: November 10, 2023

The Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) collects 'Trip Ticket' or purchase invoice data from vendors that buy fish directly from the fishermen. This system is similar to other trip ticket invoice systems, except that compliance is voluntary and invoices are only provided to dealers, hotel, stores, fish mobiles etc. on the island of Saipan. Participation has deteriorated in recent years as the economy has suffered and businesses have failed and struggled to stay in existence. DFW has always run the system and have efforts underway to improve compliance and actually make such commercial vendor reporting mandatory through local legislation, although this has been tried in the past and failed. Data are collected by vendors and may include a fisherman's identity and include number of pieces, weight, and price for some individual species and some species groups. Data exist back to about 1983 and are continuing, although the relative coverage of the fisheries has varied over the time series. These data are considered highly confidential.

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Metadata Date September 28, 2023
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2023
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Frequency Of Update quarterly

Metadata Source

Harvested from NMFS PIFSC

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date September 28, 2023
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2023
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Responsible Party (Point of Contact, Custodian)
Contact Email
Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:5631
Access Constraints Cite As: Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, [Date of Access]: CNMI 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 150
Bbox North Lat 25
Bbox South Lat 10
Bbox West Long 140
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update quarterly
Harvest Object Id 39162662-c3df-43ae-ab98-e3c3ecdb5216
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 Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
Old Spatial {"type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [[[140.0, 10.0], [150.0, 10.0], [150.0, 25.0], [140.0, 25.0], [140.0, 10.0]]]}
Progress underDevelopment
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 1983

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