Where do the fishing vessels you see passing through the inlet go? How have the Mid-Atlantic’s fishing hot spots changed over the last 20 years? Which areas of the ocean are most important to your local fishing port and economy?
A new collection of interactive maps on the Portal can help answer these and countless other questions. Combined with dozens of previously released maps on the site, the approximately 1,000 new layers now comprise one of the largest online libraries of commercial fishing maps in the world.
The maps were created drawing upon two decades of federal vessel trip report (VTR) and permit information filed by commercial fishermen, as well as a decade of vessel monitoring system (VMS) data produced by satellite technology that tracks the movements of vessels participating in federally managed fisheries.
Direct to Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal