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Historical Logbook Databases from California's Commercial Passenger Fishing Vessel (Partyboat) Fishery, 1936-1997


Commercial passenger fishing vessel (CPFV, or ‘partyboat’) logbook data have only been available to the public as two-page reports summarizing sport catch by port area for the calendar year. Electronic records of individual trip logs have been maintained by the Department since 1980, but trip-specific logbook records contain confidential information (vessel-specific) and are not available to the general public. From 1936 to 1978, however, the Department maintained an archive of reports (hard copy sheets) which summarize total monthly CPFV catch and effort for California Department of Fish and Game statistical areas (‘blocks’). These data are the subject of this report.

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