Fishing forecast services are innovative businesses that use ocean and coastal data to fill a niche in major U.S. fishing zones. Because labor and fuel cost a premium, commercial and tournament fishers improve their chances of success by knowing where fishing conditions are promising. Third-party forecasters analyze our data to create timely products and services used directly by fishers.
Roffer's Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service (ROFFS), which is based in Florida, estimates NCEI’s data add $500,000 a year to the business. Using NCEI and other NOAA data, ROFFS creates a daily map, waypoints, and a summary of near-real-time fishing conditions with user instructions on how to interpret the information. ROFFS charges users a fee for these detailed analyses that can guide fishers to temperature breaks, ocean water color changes, surface currents, and other conditions where fish may gather.
Read our Value of the Data feature to learn more about how NCEI data supports fishing forecast companies.