**Understanding the Time series plots**

Time series plots show the changes in each indicator as a function of time, over the period 1980-present. Each plot also shows horizontal lines that indicate the median (middle) value of that indicator, as well as the 10th and 90th percentiles, each calculated for the entire period of measurement. Time series plots were only developed for datasets with at least 10 years of data. Two symbols located to the right of each plot describe how recent values of an indicator compare against the overall series. A black circle indicates whether the indicator values over the last five years are on average above the series 90th percentile (plus sign), below the 10th percentile (minus sign), or between those two values (solid circle). Beneath that an arrow reflects the trend of the indicator over the last five years; an increase or decrease greater than one standard deviation is reflected in upward or downward arrows respectively, while a change of less than one standard deviation is recorded by a left-right arrow.

#### Alaska

The x-axis represents years. The y-axis represents the number of fish stocks or fish populations that are determined to be overfished by NOAA. Overfished means the population of fish is too low. Therefore the population can not support a large amount of fishing.

*The x-axis represents years. The y-axis represents the number of fish stocks or fish populations that are deemed by NOAA as overfished. Overfished means the population of fish is too low. Therefore the population cannot support a large amount of fishing.*

**Description of time series:**

The series shows the number of fish populations that have been listed as overfished since 2000. Between 2018 and 2023 the number of overfished stocks showed an upward trend.

**Description of Overfished stocks:**

An overfished stock is a population of fish that is too low. A stock that is experiencing overfishing has an annual rate of catch that is too high. Therefore the population cannot support that level of fishing and is below that level is deemed “overfished.” A fish population can be “overfished” as the result of many factors, including overfishing, as well as habitat degradation, pollution, climate change, and disease. The Magnuson-Stevens Act mandates that overfished stocks and stocks experiencing overfishing be reported annually. Stock status is determined by NOAA, based on the results of stock assessments.

**Data Source:**

Data were obtained from the NOAA Fisheries Fishery Stock Status website. Stocks that met the criteria for overfished status were summed by year for each region.

#### Hawai'i

The x-axis represents years. The y-axis represents the number of fish stocks or fish populations that are determined to be overfished by NOAA. Overfished means the population of fish is too low. Therefore the population can not support a large amount of fishing.

*The x-axis represents years. The y-axis represents the number of fish stocks or fish populations that are deemed by NOAA as overfished. Overfished means the population of fish is too low. Therefore the population cannot support a large amount of fishing. This indicator does not count Pacific Island-specific complexes.*

**Description of time series:**

The series shows the number of fish populations that have been listed as overfished since 2000. Between 2018 and 2023 the number of overfished stocks shows no trend.

**Description of Overfished stocks:**

An overfished stock is a population of fish that is too low. A stock that is experiencing overfishing has an annual rate of catch that is too high. Therefore the population cannot support that level of fishing and is below that level is deemed “overfished.” A fish population can be “overfished” as the result of many factors, including overfishing, as well as habitat degradation, pollution, climate change, and disease. The Magnuson-Stevens Act mandates that overfished stocks and stocks experiencing overfishing be reported annually. Stock status is determined by NOAA, based on the results of stock assessments.

**Data Source:**

Data were obtained from the NOAA Fisheries Fishery Stock Status website. Stocks that met the criteria for overfished status were summed by year for each region.

#### California Current

The x-axis represents years. The y-axis represents the number of fish stocks or fish populations that are determined to be overfished by NOAA. Overfished means the population of fish is too low. Therefore the population can not support a large amount of fishing.

*The x-axis represents years. The y-axis represents the number of fish stocks or fish populations that are deemed by NOAA as overfished. Overfished means the population of fish is too low. Therefore the population cannot support a large amount of fishing.*

**Description of time series:**

The series shows the number of fish populations that have been listed as overfished since 2000. Between 2018 and 2023 the number of overfished stocks shows no trend.

**Description of Overfished stocks:**

An overfished stock is a population of fish that is too low. A stock that is experiencing overfishing has an annual rate of catch that is too high. Therefore the population cannot support that level of fishing and is below that level is deemed “overfished.” A fish population can be “overfished” as the result of many factors, including overfishing, as well as habitat degradation, pollution, climate change, and disease. The Magnuson-Stevens Act mandates that overfished stocks and stocks experiencing overfishing be reported annually. Stock status is determined by NOAA, based on the results of stock assessments.

**Data Source:**

Data were obtained from the NOAA Fisheries Fishery Stock Status website. Stocks that met the criteria for overfished status were summed by year for each region.

#### Gulf of Mexico

*The x-axis represents years. The y-axis represents the number of fish stocks or fish populations that are deemed by NOAA as overfished. Overfished means the population of fish is too low. Therefore the population cannot support a large amount of fishing.*

**Description of time series:**

The series shows the number of fish populations that have been listed as overfished since 2000. Between 2018 and 2023 the number of overfished stocks shows no trend.

**Description of Overfished stocks:**

**Data Source:**

#### Caribbean

**Description of time series:**

**Description of Overfished stocks:**

**Data Source:**

#### Southeast

**Description of time series:**

The series shows the number of fish populations that have qualified as overfished since 2000. Between 2018 and 2023 the number of overfished stocks shows no trend.

**Description of Overfished stocks:**

**Data Source:**

#### Northeast

**Description of time series:**

**Description of Overfished stocks:**

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## Resources

#### Status of U.S. Fisheries Report to Congress and Fishery Stock Status Updates

NOAA Fisheries publishes the annual Status of U.S. Fisheries Report to Congress of fish stocks managed under federal fishery management plans, and updates the status quarterly based on stock assessments completed during that quarter.

#### The Fish Stock Sustainability Index

NOAA Fisheries reports the Fish Stock Sustainability Index, a quarterly index that measures the performance of U.S. federal fisheries.

#### Stock SMART - Status, Management, Assessments & Resource Trends

**Stock SMART** is NOAA Fisheries' **Stock Status, Management, Assessment, and Resource Trends** web tool. Here, you can find applications to search, view, compare, and download the results of assessments for stocks managed by NOAA Fisheries. Keep reading to learn more about each of Stock SMART’s applications or click on a menu item to get started.

#### FOSS - Fisheries One Stop Shop

NOAA Fisheries One Stop Shop Database