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VESSEL CHARACTERISTICS AND STATISTICS
BY YEAR, STATE, ALASKAN CENSUS AREA OR CITY

REPORT DESCRIPTION

This report provides information broken down by state, Alaskan census areas, Alaska cities, and a grand total (all vessels) for the year. For this report, vessel owner residency is assigned using the home address provided on the vessel license application form. Only the states of Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska are reported separately. Vessel Owners from other states and countries are grouped together.

Only currently licensed vessels are reported. If a vessel changed owners during the year, only the current owner license information is used.

This report is based commercial vessel licenses which are required for any vessel, boat, ship or other craft which is used for commercial fishing or for aiding or assisting in the performance of any activity related to commercial fishing (including refrigeration, transportation and processing). Therefore this report includes fishing vessels, tenders, freezer vessels, canner vessels , packers, processing vessels, sport fishing charters, and any other craft used for commercial fishing activity. The only exception are vessels used solely for the purpose of harvesting salmon at set net sites or in state waters between the latitudes of Point Romanof and Cape Newenham and surrounding Nunivak Island (AS 16.05.495). These vessels are exempt from the vessel license requirement and will not appear on this report.

The vessel characteristics provided on the vessel license may contain errors or omissions.

The report is broken out into two parts. The first part shows the number of vessels that have the listed vessel characteristic (such as the total number of wood hull vessels) and what percentage these vessels are of the total number of vessels. The second part provides information on the average and median for other types of vessel information. For example, the average age and length of the vessels.

Vessels can be used for more than one activity and can use multiple gear types. As a result, in these categories a vessel may be counted multiple times. Some vessels may not be counted at all if the activity or gear information was not provided on the vessel license application.

Report Fields
YEAR
The calendar year of the information. All vessels are licensed for one calendar year at a time.
 
CENSUS AREA
The federal census division of the Alaskan city, when applies. When reporting by state this field contains the state name. When reporting by year this field states the report is a grand total.
 
CITY
The city of residence. Only Alaskan cities are reported on individually. For other states this field will contain the value 'All Cities'. Residency is assigned in this report from the home address of the vessel owner at the time the vessel was licensed or owner changed.
 

PART 1: NUMBER OF VESSELS AND PERCENTAGES

The left column of this table contains the category. The first category is TOTAL NUMBER OF VESSELS. This represents the total number of vessels for the area, city, state, or year, depending on which report you are looking at. Other rows contain information of specific vessel characteristics, such as vessel activity, gears types, and hull type.
 
 
NUMBER OF VESSELS
The total number of vessels in the specified category.
 
 
PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL VESSELS
The percentage of the total number of vessels for the city, census area, state, or year. For example, the percentage of this fleet with wood hulls.

PART 2: AVERAGES

The left column of this table contains the category, such as year built and age.
 
 
AVERAGE (MEAN)
The average or mean value
 
 
MEDIAN
The median (middle) value.
 
 
SKEWNESS
Deviation from the curve.
 
 
NUMBER OF VESSELS REPRESENTED (Percentage of Total)
Not all vessel license records on file contain information for every field. In this column the number of vessels used to calculate the mean and median are shown. In parenthesis is listed the percentage of the total vessels the number represents. In some cases this may give an indication on whether the sample size was large enough. For example, if the average horsepower were based on only 12% of the vessels, it would not appear to accurately represent that area's fleet.