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Thank you for visiting the Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory Website and reviewing our disclaimer and privacy policy.

PFEL Disclaimer

Although we try to keep the information presented on the Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory web site accurate and up to date, the accuracy of some information is subject to change and cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the webmaster or the content creator responsible for the PFEL web page(s) to verify data if necessary.

 References to trade names or commercial entities do not imply endorsement by the NMFS/PFEL.

 Links to resources outside the Federal Government are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only and should not be construed as an endorsement or approval by the NMFS/PFEL of information provided through other sites and computer systems.

For more information, see the general NOAA Disclaimer.

PFEL Privacy Policy and Statement

Our privacy policy is clear: We will collect no personal information about you when you visit our website unless you choose to provide that information to us.

 Here is how we handle information about your visit to our website:

Information Collected and Stored Automatically
If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the website, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:
  • The Internet domain (for example, "" if you use a private Internet access account, or "" if you connect from a university's domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our website;
  • the type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • the date and time you access our site;
  • the pages you visit;
  • if you linked to the PFEL website from another website, the address of that website.



We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors -- to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.
If You Send Us Personal Information
If you choose to provide us with personal information -- as in an e-mail to the webmaster or any other individual listed on the site, or by filling out a form with your personal information and submitting it to us through our website (such as the login registration box) -- we use that information to respond to your message and to help us get you the information you have requested. We treat emails the same way we treat letters. We are required to maintain many documents for historical purposes, but we do not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to you. We only share the information you give us with another government agency if your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by law. Moreover, we do not create individual profiles with the information you provide or to give it to any private organizations. PFEL does not collect information for commercial marketing.
Links to Other Sites
Our Website has links to many other federal agencies. In a few cases we link to private organizations, with their permission. Once you link to another site, you are subject to the privacy policy of the new site.

For more information, see the general NOAA Privacy Policy and Statement.

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