QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
1999 WEST COAST COSTS, EARNINGS AND EMPLOYMENT SURVEY
Data collected in this survey will provide information to:
This survey is being conducted by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) as part of a cooperative agreement with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and with the help of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC).
Over time, processors and harvesters, including charter boats, involved in West Coast commercial fisheries will be surveyed. The groundfish (trawl) harvesting and processing sectors will be surveyed in 1999 and the West Coast line fleet will be surveyed in late 1999 or early 2000.
The types of information collected include:
For the next several years, the information will be collected using surveys.
No. The goal is for each industry group to be surveyed over time on an ongoing basis. It is estimated that each fleet will be surveyed every 3-5 years.
If you participate in West Coast fisheries with more than one gear type, you may be asked to respond to surveys on a more frequent basis. Supplemental surveys may be used to collect information for specific issues before the Council on an as-needed basis.
In the future, other data collection procedures, including possible modifications to the existing economic logbook for vessels, may be used to minimize the time and resources used to collect this information.
Companies will be requested to provide information which should already be available from their business records. The surveys have been formatted to minimize the expected time required to complete the survey.
While the survey is voluntary, it is important that you assist in this effort. Your participation in this survey effort will enable NMFS and the PFMC to consider economic criteria as well as biological data in their analyses.
Currently, the lack of economic data hinders analysts ability to estimate the economic impact of present and future management decisions. These data will allow the PFMC and NMFS to better understand the industry and to design policies to achieve economic goals in addition to biological objectives.
This information will be available to PFMC and NMFS to evaluate all types of management issues, including allocative decisions.
Yes. The confidential data will be accessible only to NMFS, PFMC and state analysts and their contractors and will not be released to the public. Federal and PSMFC confidentiality rules will apply.
Only the summary results of the survey, aggregated to a level that will not compromise individual confidentiality, will be reported.
We encourage you to contact Dave Colpo, the Fisheries Economics Program Manager at PSMFC, if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns:
7600 Sandpoint Way NE, Bldg. 4
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 526-4251 Voice
(206) 526-4074 Fax
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