California funded five projects statewide to collect socioeconomic data as part of the MPA Baseline Program (Phase 1 of MPA monitoring). Data from four of these projects were combined and used as the basis for the California Fisheries Data Explorer

This interactive Fisheries Data Explorer allows you to visualize data from commercial fisheries and commercial passenger fishing vessels, across the State. Using data collected and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), the Explorer lets you dynamically view summarized data from the commercial fishing sector (i.e., number of fishermen, pounds of fish landed, and revenue from fish landed) and from the commercial passenger fishing sector (i.e., the number of anglers, vessels, trips, and fish caught from specific fisheries and ports).

Funded by the California Ocean Protection Council, and developed in partnership with CDFW and the California Ocean Science Trust, the Explorer was developed through California's Marine Protected Area Monitoring Program, to ensure that the State’s decision-makers, stakeholders, and the public have ready access to data and information that support the health and management of California’s ocean.