Chinook Salmon Economic Data Report Program for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Fishery Management Plan (FMP)



Background

NMFS implemented Amendment 91(75 FR 53026, August 30, 2010) to balance the need to minimize bycatch of Chinook salmon in the Bering Sea pollock fishery with the potential costs of bycatch restrictions on the pollock fishery. In addition to limiting the amount of Chinook salmon that may be caught by the pollock fishery, Amendment 91 includes innovative industry-designed incentives, such as the use of penalties for vessels that exceed a sector-established Chinook salmon PSC limit. These industry enforced incentives are intended to minimize Chinook salmon bycatch to the extent practicable in all years, and to prevent bycatch from reaching the established limit in most years. Amendment 91 also allows NMFS to allocate transferable Chinook salmon prohibited species catch (PSC) to an entity representing the catcher/processor sector, mothership sector, inshore cooperatives, and CDQ groups participating in the Bering Sea pollock fishery.

Chinook Salmon Economic Data Report (EDR)Program, which will provide NMFS with additional data to assess the effectiveness of the Chinook salmon bycatch management measures implemented under Amendment 91 to the FMP. The EDR consists of one new data collection and two revised data collections. The Chinook Salmon EDR program applies to owners and operators of catcher vessels, catcher/processors, motherships, and the six Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program groups qualified to participate in the pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) fishery in the Bering Sea subarea of the BSAI.

webform (123K)

EDR Requirement

There are three parts to the Chinook EDR, the data reporting web application will have questions about your role and activity in the AFA Pollock fishery during the previous calendar year to identify the appropriate reporting forms and prompt you to enter only the data that you are required to report.
  • Chinook salmon PSC Compensated Transfer Report (CTR)-Any person in the program who transferred Chinook salmon PSC allocation after January 20, and paid or received money for the transfer, must submit a completed CTR (Part 1 and Part 2) for the previous calendar year.
  • Vessel Fuel Survey-An owner or leaseholder of an AFA-permitted vessel must submit all completed Vessel Fuel Surveys for each vessel used to harvest pollock in the Bering Sea in a given year.
  • Vessel Master Survey-Each vessel master must complete the Vessel Master Survey, and the Vessel Master certification following the instructions on the form. An owner or leaseholder must submit all Vessel Master Surveys, and each Vessel owner certification form.

EDR Information

Certified letters were mailed to companies identified by NMFS who have an EDR requirement on March 31, 2015.

Included with the letter will be your password and information on how to log into the online web form.

The webform can be accessed by clicking here. The due date is June 1, 2015.

Both the Fuel and Compensated Transfer Reports will have an Excel file that can be downloaded and filled out. You can then copy and paste the data into the online web form to save time and data entry errors.

If you have any questions regarding the Chinook Salmon Economic Data Report (EDR)Program, please contact us.

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
NMFS Economic Data Reports
205 SE Spokane St., Suite 100
Portland, OR 97202
Toll Free 877-741-8913
Fax 503-595-3450
CTR@psmfc.org

More information can be found at the NOAA Fisheries web site for Chinook Salmon Bycatch Management

EDR Forms

The following forms are posted for informational purposes only. DO NOT USE for submitting completed EDR reports.

Amendment 91 AFA Chinook Salmon EDR Validation Reports