Fishing | Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) FRAM Database

The FRAM Data Warehouse provides a single location where users can access and download all data collected by the Fishery Resource Analysis & Monitoring (FRAM) Division of NOAA to include observer, economics, and groundfish fishery-independent survey data.

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This particular set of map services depicts the relative intensity and proportion of commercial fishing effort for several gear types used off the U.S. West Coast from 2002-2017 (Somers et al. 2020). Spatial summaries of fishing effort were developed from lines connecting gear set and retrieval points. It is recognized that fishing events, particularly for mobile gears, rarely follow straight-line paths; however, this was the most readily available information. These summaries are not intended to quantify total impact of fishing on either benthic or pelagic habitats. Please reference the related report (Somers et al 2020) at