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Vessel Monitoring System (VMS)

Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) data are collected by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to track fishing vessel activity for law enforcement (closed areas), safety, and scientific study. This dataset documents the density of fishing vessels from September 1, 2007 to September 1, 2008 using the VMS records available for that period. CZM digitized polygons from this dataset to represent areas where greater than 25 vessels were recorded in a 250 x 250-meter grid cell over the duration of the year. The raw data were provided courtesy of NMFS Northeast Regional Office. Applied Science Associates (ASA) analyzed the raw data to create a raster grid. CZM digitized this dataset from the raster produced by ASA.
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